Top judge will be Hillsborough inquest coroner

Lord Justice Goldring who has been appointed coroner to the new inquest into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Lord Justice Goldring who has been appointed coroner to the new inquest into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
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NEW inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans connected to the Hillsborough disaster will be overseen by one of the country’s most senior judges.

Lord Justice Goldring will act as the coroner for new inquests into the deaths following the tragedy in 1989.

News inquests were ordered when an independent panel set up to look at all the Hillsborough files held by organisations for the last 23 years unearthed a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy from South Yorkshire Police to the fans.

It is believed the inquests will be heard together.

A total of 95 fans died at the stadium and one other, Tony Bland, died in 1993.

He had remained in a persistent vegetative state at the Airedale hospital in Keighley following the disaster.

The football fans were crushed on the terraces at Hillsborough Football Stadium during an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

More than 700 were also injured in what was the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world’s worst football disasters.

Margaret Aspinall, of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose son James, 18, died in the tragedy, said: “We have just got to put our trust in the coroner, no matter what happens.

“We feel this coroner will do his job thoroughly without any exceptions.

“He will do a good job because it is imperative considering what we have gone through to get here.

“The families are getting older. A lot of the families have been tormented and we do not want anything more to happen to any of the families before these inquests.

“We have waited 24 years. It is an awful long time for this. It is imperative to get the right verdicts on the death certificates.”

Lord Justice Goldring was called to the bar in 1969 and became a QC in 1987.

Mr Justice Goldring was the Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from January 2010 to December 2012.

He was appointed a High Court Judge in December 1999 and as a judge of the Court of Appeal and Deputy Senior Presiding Judge in October 2008.