Hillsborough trial jury find club safety officer guilty of safety breach and fail to reach verdict on match commander, David Duckenfield

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Following eight days of deliberation the jury in the Hillsborough trial have delivered a guilty verdict against Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday FC secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster.

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The jury was unable to reach a verdict on Match Commander, David Duckenfield, who was charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. 

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that it will seek a retrial against Duckenfield for manslaughter. A further court hearing to decide on a re-trial is due to be held on 24 June 2019. 

This case has been widely reported including by the Guardian, BBC and Liverpool Echo.

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers were involved in the inquests since they opened in 2014, representing 80 families of those who died as a result of the events at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989:  

Judy Khan QC, Rajiv Menon QC, Peter Wilcock QC, Leslie Thomas QC, Brenda Campbell QC, Terry Munyard, Patrick Roche, Chris Williams, Martin Huseyin, Stephen Simblet, Allison Munroe, Sean Horstead, Emma Favata, Anna Morris, Kirsten Heaven, James Mehigan and Tom Stoate.

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