Hillsborough trial: David Duckenfield facing retrial after jury fail to reach verdict on match commander


Hillsborough trial: David Duckenfield facing retrial after jury fail to reach verdict on match commander

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is facing a retrial after a jury were unable to agree whether he was guilty or not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The six men and six women found former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell, 69, guilty of failing to discharge his duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act, but they were unable to reach a verdict on Duckenfield.

A jury were now unable to decide whether Duckenfield was guilty or not guilty of his charges

Jurors were discharged on Wednesday, their eighth day of deliberations, at Preston Crown Court. The CPS has indicated it will seek a retrial for Duckenfield.

About 60 family members gathered at the Cunard building in Liverpool gasped as the jury foreman told the court they could not reach a verdict for Duckenfield on which they were all agreed.

There were cheers as the guilty verdict for Mackrell was announced.

The jury retired to consider their verdicts on Monday, March 25, after a 10 week trial and after a week of deliberations were given a majority direction, meaning verdicts on which at least 10 of them agreed would be accepted.

They had deliberated for 29 hours and six minutes.