David Duckenfield applied for coverage of court costs in Hillsborough, which was finalized by the Chief of Police.


The announcement also revealed that Mr. Duckenfield had previously received £7.6 million sterling in financial support for his legal fees in Hillsborough.

The former Chief Superintendent – facing 95 counts of grossly negligent homicide – asked for financial assistance “if necessary [for]the costs of his defence against the charges”, according to a notice of the decision on PCC’s website Dr Alan Billing.

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner confirms that the former Chief Superintendent has already received £7.6 million.

Following the conclusion of a private prosecution by Hillsborough families in 2000, when a jury was unable to reach a verdict on the manslaughter charge brought against him, Mr Duckenfield was excluded from further prosecution.

Dr. Billings said it was not appropriate to fund the motion, while Mr. Duckenfield’s attorney said his client “had no comment to make.

Mr. Duckenfield was among the six people charged when the prosecution announced its decisions in June after a lengthy investigation that ran parallel to the new investigation that found last April that the 96 Liverpool supporters who died on April 15, 1989, were unlawfully killed.

This stay must be lifted by the High Court before Mr. Duckenfield can be formally charged by the CPS.

He confirmed that Mr. Duckenfield has already received financial assistance of approximately £7.6 million to cover legal costs incurred during a private prosecution and the new investigation.

Dr Billings said he needed to “take into account the limited resources available to South Yorkshire Police in the coming years and the impact that the decision to approve the application could have on the budget commitments of the police”.

“We are a staff association and it is our responsibility to look after the interests of the members we represent,” said Ch Supt Dan Murphy, National Secretary.

He also said that the National Secretary of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales had written to him earlier this month asking him to reconsider his decision on funding.

Dr Billings said he had considered the issues raised by the Association but would not change his decision.

“Every person, regardless of the charges against him or her, has the right to a fair trial and adequate legal defence. We believe that the PCC’s decision not to fund these court costs sends a message to every police officer that they may not be supported”.

Six people are currently on trial in connection with the Hillsborough disaster.


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