Hillsborough victim, 23, covered by jacket on pitch to give him dignity

William Pemberton, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo

William Pemberton, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo

0
Have your say

A 23-year-old student who died at Hillsborough had his face covered by a coat by a fellow supporter as he lay on the pitch after being fatally injured.

William Roy Pemberton, who was known by his middle name, was among the 96 Liverpool supporters who died in the 1989 disaster.

He had travelled to the FA Cup semi-final with his father but Mr Pemberton Snr did not go into the ground as he did not have a ticket for the match, unlike his son.

The new inquests were shown footage from 3.27pm of Mr Pemberton lying on the pitch and a spectator, identified as Aidan Bradley, placing a jacket over Roy’s head.

In a statement read to the court, Mr Bradley said he did not check for any signs of life as he thought Roy was dead.

He said he did not speak to anyone else about Roy and said he put the jacket over him as an ‘instinctive, spur-of-the-moment thing, out of dignity’.

He said the jacket had been lying on the ground nearby.

Mr Pemberton was carried to the stadium gym, where he was pronounced dead at around 4pm.

His father identified his body around midnight.

The inquests continue.

Back to the top of the page