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Hillsborough victim's "eyes moved" after crush

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2457

Inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster have heard that 18 year old victim Gary Jones was responsive following the crush.

Gary’s cousin Paul Brennan found Gary being given CPR on the pitch following the crush. Paul said, “His eyes were closed but there was eye movements. Every time you shouted his name, it was as if, as far as I was concerned, it was a response. His eyes moved.”

Some 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush in pens three and four at the Leppings Lane end of the Sheffield stadium. The inquests are hearing evidence relating to each victim’s last movements.

The court heard evidence last week about Arthur Horrocks, a dad of two who was 41 when he died. His nephew David Golding went to the match with him and they arrived at the ground at around 2.25pm.

They went into pen three at around 2.45pm. David said he remembered Arthur being lifted over railings into pen two once the match had been abandoned. He said he couldn’t comment on his condition in the pen or once he was lifted out but that he thought “he’d just fainted, passed out”.

Douglas Earls was a police officer on duty at Hillsborough. He said he gave chest compressions to Arthur but Arthur showed no signs of life.

Earls added, “But it is not for me to say if there is life or not.”

Brian Grady, then a qualified ambulance worker at the time, described seeing Arthur. “He was in a very bad condition,” he told the court. “At the time, I thought he was barely conscious, if he was conscious.

“But on feeling his carotid artery, I felt a very slight pulse.”

He accepted that he may have been mistaken.

The court also heard evidence relating to brothers Stephen and Gary Harrison. The two were seen at the Leppings Lane end of the ground by 1.45pm on the day of the disaster.

Firefighter Raymond John Cawkwell said Stephen “did look alive” when he was lying on the pitch following the crush.

Nurse Leonard Fairhall said he checked for a pulse. “I can’t remember whether I said I thought that there was a pulse or whether someone else said that they thought there may be a pulse,” he said.

“My recollection is that we continued to try to assist the casualty on the ground that there was a possibility that there was a pulse.”

The court heard that there was very little evidence relating to Gary. A photograph showed him stood in pen 3 at 3.04pm. He was certified dead at the ground at around 4pm.

The inquests continue.


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