Parents never got over death

Brian Matthews who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
Brian Matthews who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
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The sister of a Hillsborough victim told a jury her parents went to their graves with their ‘impeccably mannered’ son being called a ‘beast’.

Brian Matthews’ sister Deborah remembered the 38-year-old at the new inquests in Warrington into the tragedy.

She said Brian, aged 38, and his wife Margie were about to start a family when he died.

She said: “He was a man of great integrity who should have been safe when he went to that match on that fateful day.”

She said her family had fought to defend his good character for 25 years and were grateful to the anonymous people in Sheffield who helped him on April 15, 1989.

“Our parents never got over the loss of Brian,” she added. “It breaks our hearts that they went to their graves with their well brought up, impeccably mannered, articulate son being called a beast.

“He was our big brother, our mentor, our inspiration. He will always be our inspiration.”

Keith McGrath, Peter Burkett, Steven Joseph Robinson, Ian Thomas Glover and Peter Francis Tootle were also remembered.

The case was adjourned until May 20 when the jury will hear from a detective.