Father lost teenage son in Hillsborough crush

Kester Ball, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster
Kester Ball, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster
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A father whose teenage son died at Hillsborough thought the 16-year-old would survive as they were both caught in crushing on the terraces.

A statement from Roger Ball, who has since died himself, was read to the jury as evidence was heard at the new inquests about the death of his son Kester at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

Mr Ball said a crowd surge had carried him and Kester down the terrace to within a couple of feet of the front fence.

He said that he thought his son’s height would protect him but he was convinced he would be killed himseld.

Mr Ball said: “It seemed then that the game kicked off and Kester was about a yard to my left.

“I managed to get my left arm free and I reached out and pressed it against the fence in front of me to try and remove the pressure.

“I can then only remember some thins, but I do not know if they are in the correct order.”

He added: “I saw Kester on my left and felt that as he was taller than those around him, he would be OK.

“He looked a little pale, bit I thought I was in more trouble.

“This was the last time I saw Kester alive.”

Mr Ball said: “I thought Kester would be OK, but I was convinced I would die.”

He passed out and regained consciousness on a tarmac path outside gate C.

Further evidence will be heard about Kester’s death tomorrow.

The inquests continue.