Hillsborough inquest hears of New Mills man

Hillsborough disaster inquests hear evidence about New Mills victim, Martin Wild, who was 29 when he died.
Hillsborough disaster inquests hear evidence about New Mills victim, Martin Wild, who was 29 when he died.

The friend of a New Mills man who died in the Hillsborough disaster said he saw his friend receiving treatment in a statement – but told the court he could not recall it now.

The new inquests heard evidence about the experiences of Martin Wild, 29, of New Mills, who was one of the 96 fans tragically killed in the disaster on April 15, 1989.

John Murray, also of New Mills, told the court he travelled to the semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest with Mr Wild.

Liverpool fan Mr Murray said they arrived at the Leppings Lane end turnstiles around 2.30pm.

Footage showed them entering the stadium via exit gate c, when it was opened by police at approximately 2.56pm.

Mr Murray said they entered the ill-fated pen three, but said he lost sight of Mr Wild shortly after the tunnel due to the crowd pressure.

In a 1989 statement, Mr Murray said he saw Mr Wild in the pen 20 minutes later.

He said: “At this point, I saw Martin Wild. He was a few feet back from the gate.

“Two St John ambulancemen were carrying him by his armpits and feet towards the back of the terrace, through the tunnel and into the area at the back of the stand and put him on the ground. I went with them.

“One of them gave him the kiss of life, but it was no good. He was dead. They put a coat over his head and went back into the tunnel.”

But Mr Murray told the court he did not see Mr Wild until at the gymnasium later that day.

He said: “I think certain aspects of the day sort of stick in your memory, you know, the worst parts of it. I would have remembered.

“I’d have remembered seeing him definitely outside, you know, through the tunnel and the concourse,I would have remembered it. That would have stuck with me.”

Matthew Hill, counsel to the inquests, told the court that Mr Murray’s statement did tie in with other statements he made at the time.