Hillsborough inquest verdict: 'Historic and momentous', says Liverpool Echo deputy head of sport

 Hillsborough inquest verdict: 'Historic and momentous, something we've waited a long time for', says Liverpool Echo deputy head of sport

An emotional response to the Hillsborough inquest's verdict

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

David Prentice, deputy sports editor of the Liverpool Echo, insists the verdict of unlawful killing for the 96 Hillsborough victims is "historic, momentous and something we've waited a long time for."

After a 27-year campaign by the victims' families following the tragic events at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989, the behaviour of Liverpool fans has finally been exonerated.

The jury at the inquest in Warrington answered 'yes' to 12 out of 14 questions on the case. They said 'yes' and 'no' to different parts of question 11, but critically they answered 'yes' to question 6, which ruled the victims were unlawfully killed, and 'no' to question 7, which inquired as to whether the fans had 'contributed to the dangerous situation at the Leppings Lane turnstiles'.

"There are mixed emotions," Prentice told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "We've got the verdict we hoped for, and feel immense pride in the families who refused to give up the fight."

Prentice slammed the actions of the police following the original event. 

"There was an institutionalised cover up," he claimed, "It's a shame it's taken so long for it to come to light. It's taken so long to finally deliver justice.

"Today is the closure they [the families of the victims] were seeking because their loved ones have been cleared. I don't think they want any kind of vengeance, they just wanted their names cleared."