Thursday, August 20, 1998 Published at 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Hillsborough private prosecution adjourned
Bob Murray (left) and David Duckenfield arrive at court
Relatives of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have come face to face in court with two senior police officers whom they accuse of unlawful killing.
Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield and former Superintendent Bob Murray appeared at the court, which was attended by more than 20 members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
Their case has been adjourned until October.
It is also alleged that the former officers "wilfully neglected to carry out a public duty on that day", and that David Duckenfield "intended to pervert the course of justice when he lied about the circumstances in which Gate C became open".
Officers released on bail
Committal proceedings have been pencilled in for December. Stipendiary magistrate Nigel Cadbury told the court: "Clearly this is a very sensitive case. It happened a long time ago. It must not be allowed to drag on."
Mr Duckenfield, of West Parley, Bournemouth, and Mr Murray, of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, were both released on unconditional bail.
The chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Trevor Hicks, who lost his two daughters in the disaster, said it was the first time the families had seen the two officers since the inquest in 1991.
He said: "The case went according to our expectations. "Obviously we're pleased two defendants are now bailed to appear and dates and pencilled in.
"We believe things are progressing."
Case will 'prolong the anguish'
Ian Daines, the Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire police has warned that the action would prolong the distress of Hillsborough.
"So long after the tragedy and after so many enquiries, we fear that these developments will serve to prolong and extend the anguish of the Hillsborough disaster," he said.