Retrial of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield due to start

The retrial of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is due to start today.

The former South Yorkshire Police superintendent, 75, denies the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.

His trial at Preston Crown Court is expected to last up to seven weeks.

Hillsborough disaster court case
Preston Crown Court ahead of the trial of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield, who is accused of the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final (Peter Byrne/PA)

The prosecution case is likely to be opened later in the week.

Ninety-six men, women and children died in the crush in pens at the Leppings Lane end of the Sheffield Wednesday ground at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Under the law at the time, there can be no prosecution for the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, as he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused.

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