source: The Guardian
published: 6 December 2018
David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989, where 96 people died, has failed with a further application to have his prosecution for manslaughter stopped.
The judge who will preside over Duckenfield’s trial, Sir Peter Openshaw, rejected his application for a stay of prosecution, following a hearing at Preston crown court on Thursday.
The trial, on criminal charges of causing death by gross negligence manslaughter of 95 people attending the semi-final, is scheduled to start in Preston on 14 January. He has already pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Duckenfield, 73, previously applied in June for the prosecution to be stopped on legal grounds, but Openshaw dismissed that application, and also lifted a stay on prosecution, which had been ordered following previous proceedings in 2000.
The Crown Prosecution Service has not sought a manslaughter charge against Duckenfield in relation to the 96th person who died, Tony Bland, who was 18 when he went to support Liverpool at the semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
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