Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield to face retrial, judge rules

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David Duckenfield on April 1, 2019.
David Duckenfield on April 1, 2019.   -   Copyright  REUTERS/Phil Noble

Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield, who was in charge during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, UK will face a retrial over the death of 95 Liverpool fans, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

The trial is scheduled to take place on October 7 at Preston Crown Court, in North West England.

Duckenfield, 74, was charged with gross negligence manslaughter for 95 of the 96 people who died in a crush, which took place in the stands during the April 1989 match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.

Lawyers representing Duckenfield opposed the application for a retrial submitted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Earlier this year, the jury in the first 10-week trial was unable to deliver a verdict with the required majority of 10-2.

The former police chief had denied the charges.

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