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Victims' kin weep in court at Hillsborough inquests

London: Relatives wept in court yesterday as the names of the 96 Liverpool football supporters who died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium crush were read out and the disaster was recounted.

Ronnie Gilhooley, whose 10-year-old son Jon-Paul died in the 1989 disaster. Pic/AFP
Ronnie Gilhooley, whose 10-year-old son Jon-Paul died in the 1989 disaster. Pic/AFP  

Lord Justice John Goldring, the coroner presiding over fresh inquests into the deaths, said Britain's worst sporting disaster was "seared into the memories" of everyone affected by it.

In emotional scenes, relatives quietly sobbed as the names of the deceased were slowly read out over six minutes before the jury was sworn in. The families of the deceased have fought for more than two decades for the deaths to be re-examined.

Goldring told jurors the marathon hearings should not degenerate into adversarial battles between differing versions of events which he said had "scarred" the original inquests.

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