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Hillsborough jury finally retires to consider conclusions

Football fans from Chester and Ellesmere Port were among the 96 who died in 1989 disaster

Lord Justice Goldring told the jury they must 'decide the case dispassionately on the evidence'

More than two years after the inquests into the deaths of the 96 football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster started, the jury has gone out to consider its decisions.

Among the Liverpool FC fans who lost their lives on April 15, 1989 were Ellesmere Port men James Delaney, 19, James Hennessy, 29 and Christopher Edwards, 29. Jonathon Owens, 18, of Chester , and Dodleston schoolboy Henry Rogers, 17, were also killed in the tragedy, in which supporters were crushed in over-crowded pens when they attended an FA Cup semi-final tie against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield.

The seven women and three men who make up the jury were sent out at 2.05pm today (April 6), after sitting for 292 days.

They will have to answer 14 questions in a general questionnaire as well as complete individual questionnaires recording a time and cause of death for each of the 96.

The inquests started on March 31, 2014, and were originally set to last six to nine months.

Coroner Sir John Goldring told the jury: “You decide the case only on the evidence you heard in court.

“Put out of your mind anything you may have read, heard or discussed about the disaster.

“Decide the case dispassionately on the evidence.

“Put emotion to one side. Do not make critical findings unless the facts justify them.

“On the other hand, do not shrink from making such findings if they do.”

He told them audio visual evidence they had seen was 'plainly very important'.

He said: “You assess the witnesses.

“You decide what evidence you accept and what evidence you reject.

“Bear in mind people are giving evidence about events now very many years ago.

“Some were only asked first to recall those events in 2013 or later, when seen by Operation Resolve.”

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