Hillsborough jury reaches decision on deaths

The jury will deliver their verdict tomorrow

BY Newstalk 13:28 Monday 25 April 2016, 13:28 25 Apr 2016

Image: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Hillsborough inquests jury has reached decisions on all questions related to the deaths of 96 football fans.

The jury has also reached a decision on the question of whether the fans were unlawfully killed.

Last week they indicated they were unable to reach consensus on that question, but the coroner said on Monday he would accept a majority verdict instead, and the jury have since indicated that seven of the nine members agree.

The decisions will be announced after 11.00am on Tuesday, 26th April) so that all the families are able to make it to the Warrington court room. 

Fourteen questions were put to the jury, and they must also record the time and cause of death for each of the Liverpool fans who died.

The questions include whether failings by Sheffield Wednesday FC or the behaviour of fans contributed to the "dangerous situation" at Hillsborough.

The jury will also answer on the actions of South Yorkshire Ambulance Service and South Yorkshire Police and whether any "error of omission ... caused or contributed to the loss of lives".

The fans died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest - held at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium - on 15 April 1989.

During the inquest, family members delivered emotional tributes to the victims in the form of personal portraits.

The original inquest verdict of accidental death was quashed in 2012 after evidence suggested that more lives might have been saved had the emergency response been more effective.

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