Hillsborough disaster coroner set to start summing up evidence

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The coroner presiding over the new inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough disaster will begin summing up the evidence today.

The hearings, in a specially built courtoom in Warrington, Cheshire, started in March 2014.

More than 260 days of evidence have been heard around the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in April 1989.

Lord Justice Goldring is expected to take up to three weeks to sum up the evidence to the jury of seven women and three men.

The inquests will then adjourn for the half-term school break in mid-February and are due to reconvene on February 22, when the jury is expected to be sent out to consider its conclusions.

Jurors heard emotional tributes paid to each of the 96 fans by family members at the start of the inquests.

They then went on to hear about stadium safety, match planning, the events of the day, the emergency response and evidence gathering by police after the disaster.

Jurors were then told of the final movements of each victim before hearing from medical experts and pathologists as to the circumstances of the deaths.

The verdicts of the original inquests, delivered in 1991, were quashed in 2012 following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report, which looked at all the Hillsborough disaster files held by organisations since the tragedy and concluded there was a cover-up that attempted to shift the blame on to the victims.