Grandfather’s ‘sheer terror’ in Hillsborough crush

Hillsborough victim 'Gerard Baron'. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.
Hillsborough victim 'Gerard Baron'. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.
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A grandfather killed in the Hillsborough disaster had a look of ‘sheer terror’ as he was caught in crushing on the terraces, his son has said.

Gerard Baron, 67, the brother of former Liverpool player Kevin Baron, was the oldest of the 96 victims who died at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

His son Gerard Jr told the new inquests into the disaster that he and his father had gone into Pen Three on the Leppings Lane terraces at about 1.20pm.

Giving evidence via video link from Australia, he said they had originally been around halfway down the terracing but decided to move nearer the front as the crowd grew.

Mr Baron Jr said the pressure in the pen built up to become ‘absolutely unbearable’.

He said he was standing behind his father in a bid to protect him.

Mr Baron Jr said: “I sort of cradled him, having in mind trying to protect him from the pressure that was occurring.

“My dad turned around to face me, and he had a look of just sheer terror on his face. I could see that. I just said to him that he would be OK.”

He said the pair were split up in a sudden surge, which was the last time he saw his father alive. Mr Baron was later taken to the stadium gym on an advertising hoarding and confirmed dead at 4.01pm.