The lawyer, who defended the former police commander of the South Yorkshire Police, who served in Hillsborough in 1989, against a killing crime involving the deaths of 96 people, described his indictment as "staggeringly unfair."
Benjamin Myers QC, who delivered his closing speech in the defense of David Duckenfield, said other factors and other people had contributed to the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in Sheffield. These included security holes in the design of the stadium and a wrong calculation of the safe capacity, the behavior of the spectators, the behavior of the police and human errors in the performance of the game.
Duckenfield, who had been appointed Chief Superintendent and Hillsborough Match Commander 19 days before the match on April 15, 1989, was "wrongfully disposed of for" gross negligent manslaughter abuse, "Myers said." Many people have contributed to the tragedy. "
Regarding the concessions made by Duckenfield in March 2015, when he provided evidence on the 96 deaths in the 2014-16 investigation, Myers said that the answers had been given after "grueling" interviews and taken out of context. Duckenfield's confession to attorneys Paul Greaney, QC, who represented police department lawmakers Christina Lambert, QC, and John Beggs, QC, was read to the jury, and some were read by public prosecutor attorney Richard Matthews at the end of his office Closing speech on Friday.
Therein was also Duckenfield's admission to Greaney that he had the overall responsibility that day that his ignorance of the layout at Leppings Lane at the end of the stadium was "totally unacceptable", that his decision was not to allow the kick at 3pm move. to reduce the pressure of a crowd building at the hubs of Leppings Lane; he decided to open a large exit gate C to mitigate this pressure, and should have thought through the consequences of this and had to close the tunnel leading to the central "pens" 3 and 4 of the terrace.
The jury heard that a large number of the 2,500 people passing through Gate C went down the tunnel that faced them directly, and into the stables where the deadly crush was taking place.
Myers said the answers to the investigation had been given when Duckenfield had been "interviewed, interviewed and questioned" by ten different lawyers for seven days.
"You can imagine how grueling that must have been," he said.
The replies were "taken out of context with blatant disregard for the statements".
The prosecution expected Duckenfield to be aware of the dangers that other officers with far more experience in police operations in Hillsborough did not notice, Myers told the jury. This included changing the turnstile arrangements from the identical semi-final, which was held in 1988 between the same two clubs. In 1989, all 10,100 people with standing tickets to Liverpool had to go through only seven hubs.
Myers said the jury should ask as to the construction of these hubs, whether it was Duckenfield's fault that senior officers did not bargain the crowd on approaching them. Myers also said that other police officers did not detect dangerous overcrowding in the stables. When gate C was opened, some policemen working in the area of the station did not point people out of the tunnel that led to the stables.
Myers told the panel of six men and six women, "He had ultimate responsibility, prosecutors say. And yes, ladies and gentlemen, David Duckenfield apparently had the ultimate responsibility – for the mistakes and miscalculations of everyone else. "
He said the jury should consider five warnings when considering the evidence against Duckenfield: the differences in football stadiums and the behavior of fans between 1989 and today; You should not judge it by other standards or by artificial standards. You should consider the limits of what he could see that day, and not judge him in hindsight.
Matthews for the prosecution concluded his closing speech by stating that the case is "30 years later and 30 years later." He said, "Some cases have a straightforward path to the process, and you may think that's one of them. "
Matthews also delivered a closing speech in the indictment of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday secretary and security officer at the time of the disaster. He is accused of not paying enough attention to people's safety because of the number of hubs at the end of Leppings Lane.
Both Mackrell and Duckenfield have not pleaded guilty.
Myers is expected to continue his closing speech for Duckenfield on Monday.