Hillsborough jury reach decisions on all but one topic

The Hillsborough disaster unfolds
The Hillsborough disaster unfolds

Jurors in the Hillsborough inquests have reached decisions on all but one of the issues they must answer.

Coroner Sir John Goldring confirmed with the jury forewoman on Wednesday that the jury has reached decisions on all the issues except for the single topic remaining.

It followed the jury sending Sir John a note asking for guidance.

He asked the jury forewoman: “Do I correctly understand that you have reached decisions in respect both of the general and the individual questionnaires, the topic that you raise apart?”

The forewoman replied: “Yes.”

The topic which the jury raised was not mentioned in open court, while the jury was present.

The jury mentioned receiving further guidance in the note and were asked by the coroner to clarify what guidance they needed.

Sir John told them he will give them further guidance and direction in due course.

The jury have been deliberating for ten days so far.

The six women and three men will now continue deliberations on Monday morning at the hearing in Warrington.

The jury has been told to answer a general questionnaire of 14 questions as well as record the time and cause of death for each of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster on April 15, 1989.

These include questions about the police planning before the game, stadium safety, events on the day, the emergency services response to the disaster, and a question about whether the fans were unlawfully killed.

The hearings have been now ongoing for more than two years, with the jury having sat through months of evidence from more than 800 witnesses. The hearing will resume on Monday.