A fan who helped to carry a teenage victim on the pitch at Hillsborough said he was 'convinced' he was alive.

The inquests into the 96 deaths heard evidence about 18-year-old Jonathon Owens of Chester, who travelled to the FA Cup semi-final with friends Peter Burkett, who was also killed in the disaster, and Michael Robertson.

Jonathon, who worked for Royal Life Insurance in Liverpool, was pictured in pen three of the Leppings Lane terrace minutes after the game kicked off at 3pm on April 15, 1989.

Photos from 3.26pm showed him lying on the pitch, against the net of the Leppings Lane end goal, with his jumper covering his face.

He was shown on footage being carried to the opposite end of the pitch at 3.34pm.

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Liverpool fan Charles Daniels identified himself on pictures as part of the group carrying Jonathon on a hoarding.

In a statement, he said: “A policeman assisted us with this man. At the time we had him on the stretcher he seemed to be breathing.

“When we took him off the stretcher and laid him on the pitch, another policeman assisted to this man.

“I saw the policeman giving him mouth-to-mouth. Then after about a minute, I saw that he had died.”

"To me he appeared to be alive"

Mr Daniels told the court he could not now recall why he thought Jonathon was breathing.

He said: “All I can remember now is just an impression, that to me he appeared to be alive.

“I can’t remember anything more.”

He added: “I was convinced at the time that Jonathon was still alive.”

Liverpool fan Mandy Harris, a qualified nurse, was shown with Jonathon at the Spion Kop end of the pitch.

Ms Harris, who responded to an Operation Resolve witness appeal, said she thought she went to Jonathon to tell fans treating him to take him off a hoarding.

Police officers link hands as fans make their way on to the pitch at the Hillsborough Stadium on April 15, 1989

In a statement she described doing heart massage while a fan gave mouth-to-mouth.

She said: “A man came to me and said ‘give it another couple of minutes and if he doesn’t take over on his own, you’ll have to give up’.

“Subsequently it was apparent to me that the patient was dead and I covered his face with his scarf.”

Dr Matthew Bull, who was at the match as a spectator, was also seen on the pitch with Jonathon up until 3.40pm.

Kevin Morley, who was a police constable in 1989, said he had come across Jonathon in an area outside the gymnasium at the ground.

He said he and a doctor attempted resuscitation on Jonathon but saw no response.

In a statement, he said: “After a few minutes of trying, the doctor said ‘that’s enough’. It was obvious that we had failed to revive him.”

The court heard Jonathon was confirmed dead in the gymnasium at 4pm and was identified by friend Mr Robertson in the early hours of the following morning.