Former club secretary fined £6,500 over Hillsborough

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96 Liverpool fans died following the crush in the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April, 1989

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Graham Mackrell, 69, who was safety officer for the club at the time of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, was found guilty of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act in respect of ensuring there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up outside the ground.

About half a dozen family members sat in the public gallery and nine members of the press were also in court, with others watching from an annexe.The former club secretary, the first person to be convicted for an offence relating to the disaster, was found guilty by a majority of 10 to two on 3 April following an 11-week trial.

During the trial, stadium safety expert John Cutlack told the court there were not sufficient turnstiles for fans on the day.

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Oh My God. £67.70 for each victim. Jesus wept. Is that all a Liverpool fan is worth?

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