Sheffield student killed at Hillsborough disaster died alongside friend

Joseph McCarthy Pic courtesy of Liverpool Echo
Joseph McCarthy Pic courtesy of Liverpool Echo
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A 21-year-old Sheffield University student died alongside one of his friends at the Hillsborough disaster.

Joe McCarthy was 21 when he died in the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

The new inquests in Warrington heard he had gone to the game with a group of friends, including Paul Brady, who also lost his life in the tragedy.

They got to the ground at around 2.45pm and the jury was shown footage of Joe in the crowd at 2.56pm in Pen Three, where some of the worst crushing occurred.

Footage was also shown from 3.26pm of Joe being removed from the pen through a gap in the fence, which had been created by the fence being pulled back.

Police officer Norman Lewis, who had been on traffic duty before being called to the ground at around 3.10pm as the disaster unfolded, said he had seen Joe lying close to the goalposts by the Leppings Lane end.

He said there appeared to be no sign of life.

Mr Lewis said Joe looked ‘ashen’, with no colour in his face.

He said: “I believe I checked for breathing and a pulse, but I could feel nothing.”

Mr Lewis said he could not recall seeing anybody carrying out any form of CPR or treatment on Joe.

He said he had not attempted CPR himself as Joe appeared to have died.

“When I looked, and, as I say, from my experience, when I looked at the body as it was there, from the pallor of the face that I’d assumed from the brief checks I made that life was extinct,” he said.

Mr Lewis and other people placed Joe on a hoarding before carrying him to the stadium gym.

Once at the gym he was given an instruction by a senior officer to stay with Joe.

Mr Lewis said a doctor confirmed Joe had died in the gym at 3.55pm.

Joe had been studying economics at Sheffield University.

One year and nine months after Hillsborough, his father Sean died from a heart attack. Joe’s mother Anna has previously said a doctor said the cause of her husband’s death had been ‘delayed shock from Hillsborough’.

The inquests will resume on Monday, June 1.