Hillsborough lawyer calls prosecution 'breathtakingly unfair'

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Defence for former police commander says many people contributed to tragedy

The barrister defending the former South Yorkshire police match commander, who was on duty at Hillsborough in 1989, against a charge of manslaughter relating to the deaths of 96 people there has described his prosecution as “breathtakingly unfair”.

Benjamin Myers QC, making his closing speech in David Duckenfield’s defence, said other factors and other people had contributed to the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s football ground. These included safety flaws in the stadium’s design and a miscalculation of its safe capacity, crowd behaviour, police behaviour and human error in the running of the match.

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