WARRINGTON: The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury concluded on Tuesday, finding that Britain’s worst sporting tragedy was partly down to police errors.
Following the biggest inquest in English legal history, jurors concluded that policing decisions at the ill-fated match in 1989 “caused or contributed” to the deaths, and amounted to “gross negligence”.
Relatives of the victims have fought a 27-year campaign to get to the heart of what happened during the disaster, and were incensed by a 1990 inquest ruling the deaths were accidental.
In emotional scenes, they emerged from the courtroom hugging and in tears. They linked hands and sang the Liverpool Football Club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and chanted “Justice for the 96”.
“You will not believe what we have gone through to achieve justice,” said Barry Devonside, who lost his only son, 18-year-old Christopher.
There were shouts of “Yes” in court when the jury’s verdicts were delivered, with people jumping to their feet.
“It was fantastic to hear those words,” said Devonside.
Relatives stood and applauded the jurors as they left the court.
Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to their “extraordinary courage “in their “long search for the truth”, saying the inquest provided “long overdue justice”.
Courtesy : Dawn News