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Hillsborough trial: David Duckenfield ‘has not been singled out’

Former match commander had ultimate responsibility at 1989 match where 96 people were killed, says prosecution

The former South Yorkshire police match commander at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, in which 96 people were killed, has not been “unfairly singled out” for the charge of manslaughter, the jury at his prosecution has been told.

Richard Matthews QC, making the prosecution’s closing speech in the ninth week of the trial at Preston crown court, said bad design of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground, poor planning, and mistakes made by others may have contributed to the disaster at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

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