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How David Duckenfield ’s trial left Hillsborough families distraught again. The former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent David Duckenfield has been found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter more than 30 years after he commanded the police at the 1989 FA Cup
How David Duckenfield 's trial left Hillsborough families distraught again. Victims’ relatives again left to face claims that Liverpool fans contributed to
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Bereaved families of the Hillsborough victims have expressed anger after the police officer in charge on the day of the disaster was cleared of gross negligence manslaughter.
David Duckenfield, who is now 75, has been on trial accused of causing the deaths of 95 Liverpool fans who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield - the UK's worst sporting disaster.
The majority verdict from the jury at Preston Crown Court marks a big setback for the bereaved families who have campaigned for justice over the past 30 years.
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Families of the Hillsborough victims have branded the acquittal of David Duckenfield a “disgrace to this nation”. After spending decades campaigning for prosecutions over the 1989 disaster, which left 96 people dead, the second trial of the match commander ended in a not guilty verdict on Thursday.
Families ’ fury as former police chief David Duckenfield cleared of manslaughter.
As the verdict was read, Mary Corrigan, the mother of 17-year-old victim Keith McGrath, shouted: "Stitched up again."
Others gasped and some families were crying.
Christine Burke, whose father Henry was killed in the tragedy, stood in the public gallery and addressed the judge.
She said: "With all due respect, my lord, 96 people were found unlawfully killed to a criminal standard."
In tears, she went on: "I would like to know who is responsible for my father's death, because someone is."
Louise Brookes, whose 26-year-old brother Andrew was killed, told reporters afterwards: "I'm ashamed to be British. I'm ashamed of this country and things have got to change.
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"I don't want any other family to go through what us Hillsborough families have had to go through."
Barry Devonside, the father of 18-year-old victim Christopher, said: "I'm shocked and stunned by the verdict of the jury. We, the families, have fought for 30 years valiantly."
One of the female jurors walked out in tears as the jury filed out of the courtroom.
In a news conference later, Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died, said: "I blame a system that's so morally wrong within this country, that's a disgrace to this nation.
"When 96 people, they say 95, we say 96, are unlawfully killed and yet not one person is accountable.
"The question I'd like to ask all of you and people within the system is who put 96 people in their graves, who is accountable?"
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"What a disgrace this has been today and what a shame on this country of ours. I feel so embarrassed to say that is the system within our country."
She added: "How can 96, I ask all of you, how can 96 be unlawfully killed and no one be accountable?
"Please give us the answer - who unlawfully killed my son along with 95 others?
"And I think now what we've got to try and do is change a system that's in this country that is so wrong."
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: "Today's outcome is a huge disappointment for the families, the survivors and for all of those still trying to come to terms with the disaster that unfolded at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989."
As the verdict came in, Mr Duckenfield sat impassive in front of the dock with his hands clasped and then drank from a glass of water.
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Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield was found not guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of Liverpool fans. The verdict sees the Hillsborough families continue their search for justice 30 years on from the tragedy which saw 95 men, women and children die.
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Benjamin Myers QC, defending him, claimed his client had been a "target of blame" for the disaster.
He told the court: "We say David Duckenfield did do what he was expected to do as match commander. He didn't breach his duty, he did what he was expected to do in difficult circumstances."
It was only at the inquests - which concluded in 2016 - that the myth fans were to blame was finally laid to rest and the deaths were ruled to be unlawful.
The families have since continued their fight for accountability and Operation Resolve, a new police investigation, reassessed all of the evidence and decided to prosecute Mr Duckenfield.
The "96th victim", Tony Bland, died from his injuries nearly four years later and too much time had passed for his case to be included in the charges Mr Duckenfield faced.
Margie Matthews lost her 38-year-old husband Brian at Hillsborough. He was a bank manager.
Three decades on, she struggles to see how Mr Duckenfield could be blamed for the entire tragedy.
"I don't think one man can be the figurehead or the whipping boy for the whole of the tragedy that unfolded," she said.
"I don't hate the man, I don't hate anyone - I feel dreadfully sorry for him right now the age he has got to.
"I wouldn't like to swap his mind, his thoughts and his emotions for anything else in the world."
The commander of Operation Resolve, Assistant Commissioner Rob Beckley, defended the multimillion-pound cost of the prosecution.
He said: "For those who have been affected [by Hillsborough] any price is appropriate and that's what we've always got to remember.
"There are many people: the victims, the victims' families and the thousands of people who've been affected. It's for them that it is right that we try and bottom this matter out."
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