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  • Hillsborough commander David Duckenfield fails to stop his manslaughter trial

    Henry James

    HILLSBOROUGH match commander David Duckenfield's lawyers have not been successful in stopping his prosecution.

    Mr Duckenfield was match commander of Liverpool's FC's semi-final FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest, which was played at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on April 15 1989 and is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool supporters.

    At Preston Crown Court, Judge Sir Peter Openshaw refused the application of Ben Myers QC, who is Duckenfield's lawyer, to stay the prosecution.

    Mr Duckenfield, 73, and Sheffield Wednesday's former secretary, Graham Mackrell, 68, who is charged with health and safety offences are due to stand trial on January 14.

    A crush in the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough ground led to the death of the fans.

    There is no prosecution over the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, as he died almost four year after the disaster.

    A historical stay, which stopped further legal proceedings against Mr Duckenfield, was earlier this year lifted following an application from the CPS. It had been in place since 2000.

    Also due to go on trial next year for doing acts intended to pervert the court of justice are retired police officers Donald Denton, 80, and Alan Foster, 71, and retired solicitor Peter Metcalf, 68.

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