Teenage brothers died together in Hillsborough crush

Hillsborough victim 'Carl Hewitt. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

Hillsborough victim 'Carl Hewitt. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

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Desperate attempts were made by Liverpool supporters and police officers to save two teenage brothers who died together at Hillsborough, a jury heard.

Carl and Nick Hewitt, who were 17 and 16, were among the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster on April 15, 1989.

Hillsborough victim 'Nicholas Hewitt'. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

Hillsborough victim 'Nicholas Hewitt'. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

A statement from their mother Brenda, who has since died herself, was read to the court and said Carl had been training to be a cabinet maker while Nick wanted to be an electrical engineer.

In the statement, she said: “The memories of Carl and Nick are too many to list, in particular we have happy memories of family caravan holidays and Christmas, which Nick loved. Just being a normal happy family.”

The brothers had travelled from their home in Leicester to Sheffield by coach and the jury was shown footage of the pair in Pen Three of the Leppings Lane terrace before the disaster unfolded.

Footage was shown of Carl being carried across the pitch on a stepladder.

Steven Hirst, who was a police constable in 1989, was among those who tried to help him.

He said: “He was obviously seriously injured.

“On examination, I could find no pulse and he was not breathing and there was no apparent signs of life.

“I placed him on a stepladder which was nearby and with other supporters carried him at a run into the gymnasium under the North Stand.”

Footage was also shown of Nick being treated on the pitch, where attempts were made to resuscitate him.

Peter Finnegan, who attended the match as a spectator, said he had been helping to carry Nick on a hoarding and decided to try and treat him as he thought he may still be alive.

Mr Finnegan says his eyes were open as they carried him.

He said: “That’s one of the actions that made me want to do something. They looked appealing, as though ‘help me’.

“As we put him down, I said to my friend Dave, I said ‘We’ve got to try to help’.”

He said he started chest compressions and someone else did mouth-to-mouth.
Mr Finnegan said he wasn’t responsive and eventually a doctor came over to them and after assessing the teenager, said he was dead.

Nick was certified to have died at 4pm and Carl at 4.05pm in the Hillsborough gym. The boys were formally identified by their father Michael at 3.15am the following day.

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