Monday April 15th marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush that killed 96 Liverpool supporters, reports Reuters. The victims died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure, at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, the home of Sheffield Wednesday football club, during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. But who was to blame?
Two weeks ago the jury in the trial of a former police chief in charge of operations at the match failed to reach a verdict on whether he was guilty of manslaughter. The jury at Preston Crown Court failed to reach a decision on charges of manslaughter by gross negligence against David Duckenfield after a 10-week trial and eight days of deliberation. It said the Crown Prosecution Service has indicated it will seek a retrial of Duckenfield, who denied the charges.
The jury did, however, find former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary, Graham Mackrell, guilty of a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.