Hillsborough police chief to face manslaughter trial  


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29/06/2018 5:04 pm  

It is about time the real villains are held accountable.

Bloody Sunday = Blame the Civilians 

Orgreave = Blame the Miners

Hillsborough = Blame the Fans

Grenfell = Blame the Firefighters

Hillsborough police chief to face manslaughter trial Judge lifts bar on prosecuting David Duckenfield Former South Yorkshire chief superintendent faces 95 charges Four other men to face criminal trialDavid ConnFri 29 Jun 2018 13.22 BSTFirst published on Fri 29 Jun 2018 11.03 BSTShares4,193Hillsborough match commander David DuckenfieldHillsborough match commander David Duckenfield had applied to have his prosecution stayed on legal grounds. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PAThe prosecution for manslaughter of David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command when scores of people were killed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, is to continue to trial, a judge has ruled.Criminal charges against four other men in relation to the disaster, which left 96 people dead, and its aftermath will also go to trial after the judge, Sir Peter Openshaw, rejected the defendants’ applications for them to be dismissed.Openshaw decided that a legal bar – a “stay” on prosecuting Duckenfield, which was imposed by the judge Mr Justice Hooper when he heard the bereaved families’ private prosecution of Duckenfield in 2000 – should be lifted.The Crown Prosecution Service announced last June that it intended to prosecute Duckenfield, following the holding of new inquests from 2014-16, and applied for the stay to be lifted.Reading out a short ruling at Preston crown court, Openshaw said: “In respect of the defendant David Duckenfield I lift the stay. I confirm that I grant the voluntary bill of indictment to allow prosecution for manslaughter to proceed. I decline to order a stay on that charge.”Duckenfield faces 95 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence, with the criminal indictment accusing him of breaching his duty “to take reasonable care for the safety of those attending the Hillsborough stadium as spectators in respect of the dangers from overcrowding and consequent crushing”.The offence of manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.Duckenfield, and the four other men, had applied to have the prosecutions stayed on legal grounds.

Source: Hillsborough police chief to face manslaughter trial | UK news | The Guardian

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