Dr Michael Powers QC

T: 0845 083 3000 E: powersqc@medneg.co.uk
The Hillsborough Disaster Review 12 September 2012

The Hillsborough Disaster Review 12 September 2012

The bereaved relatives of those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster on 15th April 1989 and the general public will get closer to the truth of what really happened that day with the forthcoming new inquest.  On the Today Programme, Trevor Hicks, said that the decision of the Coroner not to investigate the circumstances after 3.15 pm  (the time by which the victims had all presumed to have died) was not legally wrong, but it was morally wrong.  Unhappily it is a common problem with Coroners’ inquests: the cut-off time.  The investigation of violent death by coroners is limited to determining who died, how, where and when the death occurred. 

A coroner has no power to investigate a cover-up after the death. The resolve of the relatives of the Hillsborough to unearth the truth about what happened is a natural reaction which, in my experience,  is seen in nearly all deaths occurring in tragic circumstances and especially where human failings may have been the cause.  It takes courage for those responsible to recognize their failures. 

Too often they try to avoid responsibility and are instead tempted to take dishonest steps to do cover up. Can anyone seriously oppose the need for total honesty and openness in all situations where violent or unnatural death occurs?

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