Hillsborough inquests: Jury hears from victims’ families

Thomas Steven Fox, who died at Hillsborough.
Thomas Steven Fox, who died at Hillsborough.
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More tributes to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster have been read to the jury at the new inquests in Warrington.

The jury did not sit last week in order to allow the families of the victims to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy on April 15 1989.

Among the emotional pen portraits to be read yesterday was one about Thomas ‘Steve’ Fox, aged 21, by his mum Brenda Fox.

She told the jury Steve had an organ donor card in his wallet.

“Had he been taken to hospital, others would have benefited,” she said.

“Sadly he never was.”

Joan Chapman’s tributed to her husband Ray, aged 50, described the dad of two as ‘a lovely man’ and ‘a real gentleman’.

The jury heard Mr Chapman nearly didn’t go to the FA Cup semi-final because he didn’t have enough vouchers to qualify for a ticket.

He was given a ticket by a friend and headed off with four pals. Only two came home.

His family added: “We will never forget the pain and heartache we have all been left with because of that dreadful day 25 years ago.”

The jury also heard from the family of Adam Spearritt, who was 14 when he died.

His tribute was read by his mum Jan, with his brothers John and Paul at her side.

She said Adam’s dad Eddie was in the Leppings Lane end and tried desperately to save Adam.

He lost consciousness and woke to be told Adam was dead.

Tributes to Philip Hammond, aged 14, David Thomas, 21, David Rimmer, 38, Carl Brown, 18, Eric Hughes, 42, and Vincent Fitzsimmons, 42, were also read to the court.