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Hillsborough inquest jury rules that fans were unlawfully killed

The inquest jury of the Hillsborough disaster, by a 7-2 majority has determined that football fans who died in a crush at the infamous football match at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield on 15th April 1989, were unlawfully killed. 

Ninety-six people were found to have died following the admission of a large number of supporters to the stadium through exit gates.  The commanding officer failed to prevent supporters from entering pens that were already filled to capacity which led to the crush.  The inquest also found failings in the design of the stadium and that both Sheffield Wednesday FC and their engineers contributed to the disaster.  The emergency response of both the police and the ambulance service was deficient. 

The jury were satisfied that match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield owed a duty of care to the ninety-six victims, he was in breach of that duty, the breach caused the deaths and the breach which caused the deaths amounted to gross negligence.

You can read an article from RightsNI here.

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ECHR Art. 2, Right to Life