Disgraced top cop David Duckenfield went to ground today as the Hillsborough deaths were described as "unlawful" .
The former chief superintendent blamed for starting the tragedy by opening the gates of the Sheffield Wednesday stadium is believed to be sunning himself abroad.
His immaculate bungalow in a posh Dorset village was empty when the 澳门新蒲京娱乐场 knocked on the door today.
One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "He hasn't been around for a couple of days.
"I think they may well in Portugal."
But wherever he was, the verdict of unlawful killing could result in charges against Duckenfield after a jury decided he was effectively responsible for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 96 Liverpool fans.
The Jury had been told by coroner Sir John Goldring that in order to judge those who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed they "would have to be sure that Duckenfield was responsible for the manslaughter by gross negligence of those 96 people".
They were sure.
Duckenfield, the police officer in charge at Hillsborough on the day of the match, is where the buck stops after 27 years of lies and deceit, the inquest jury decided.
It was he who tried to blame the fans for the tragedy back in 1989 but who is today almost certainly among those the CPS are considering whether any criminal charges should be brought against.
His catalogue of lies and cover up unravelled over the course of a dramatic few days at the inquest as for the first time since the tragedy he admitted he had made mistakes which led to the deaths.
The revelations astonished many of the families who has grown accustomed to Duckenfield's, who was medically retired two years after the tragedy, failure to give frank and honest answers.
He HAD claimed that fans forced open gates but it was he who ordered them to be opened and it was that which led to the tragedy.
When gate C was opened at 2.52pm an estimated 2,000 fans streamed into the ground in the space of five minutes, all making straight for the tunnel leading directly to the two central pens behind the goal, which were already packed with spectators.
No police officers or stewards were on hand to direct the crowd to the less crowded pens on the flanks.
It was the first time he admitted his failure was the ‘direct cause of the disaster.’
During the inquest Duckenfield admitted a string of mistakes including taking on the match given his limited experience.
He said he was wrong not to use cordons in the street to control the flow of fans to ground, he failed to control numbers on the Lepping Lane terrace where the deadly crush unfolded, that he failed to close the tunnels to the terrace and stop fans pouring into the crowded pens where the fans were and a mistake not to know the layout of the ground and foresee the results of his decisions.
Under intense cross-examination, retired match commander Duckenfield accepted that he ‘froze’ after ordering the perimeter gates outside the Leppings Lane terraces be opened.
Paul Greaney QC, representing the Police Federation, successfully obtained agreement from Mr Duckenfield that ‘closing the tunnel would have prevented the tragedy.’
The lawyer asked him: “That failure was the direct cause of the deaths of 96 persons in the Hillsborough tragedy?”
Duckenfield replied: “Yes, sir.”
In the aftermath of the tragedy Duckenfield had refused to admit he did anything wrong but during the inquest he said: “I was rather foolish and too proud as a police officer to admit my difficulties.”
But finally he admitted his responsibility and describing himself as "an honest person" who doesn't lie, Duckenfield told the hushed inquiry: "I deeply regret what happened that day. It was a major mistake on my part. I have no excuses.
“I apologise unreservedly to the families and I hope they believe it is a very, very, very sincere apology… I set high standards, nobody can understand my behaviour, least of all me."
Duckenfield was the inexperienced chief superintendent in the South Yorkshire police was in charge of the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
He was only promoted to become chief superintendent, and so take command at the game, 15 days before it took place.
He conceded during the inquest while he was pleased with his promotion he may not have been the best man for the job.
He agreed with Christina Lambert QC, who was asking questions on behalf of the coroner, Sir John Goldring, that by 15 April 1989, the day of the semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, he had “no recent experience” of policing at Hillsborough.
Lambert asked: “Would it be fair to say that your direct experience of both planning for football matches and policing football matches was very limited?”
Duckenfield, 70, speaking in a calm, assured voice, replied: “I agree with you, ma’am.
“I’m older, hopefully wiser – probably I wasn’t the best man for the job on the day.
"It was a grave mistake and I apologise profusely. Everybody knew the truth, the fans and police knew the truth that we'd opened the gates."
Despite his lack of experience and confidence in his own ability it was he who made the vital decision on the day of the match to open the gates to allow Liverpool fans into the ground and down a tunnel into the pens where the fans died.
With hindsight, he said, he should have appreciated that the approach to the Leppings Lane end of the ground, which was allocated to Liverpool supporters, was a natural geographical bottleneck.
The police’s operational order, which he had signed, did not include staggering spectators’ approach to prevent that end becoming congested, nor to monitor whether the pens into which the Leppings Lane terrace was divided were full.
Duckenfield admitted he had not told the whole truth about mistakes he made on the day, through a succession of legal inquiries since 1989.
The former police officer has never been criminally charged over his role although The Hillsborough Family Support Group brought private manslaughter charges against him and his assistant, Supt Bernard Murray.
But after a six-week trial, a jury found Murray not guilty of manslaughter and failed to reach a verdict on Duckenfield.
At the time the judge refused a retrial, saying that a fair trial for Duckenfield would be impossible.
The verdicts of unlawful killing could mean that changes, however police and prosecutors must overcome a legal hurdle to pursue any potential court case.
Because Duckenfield was told he would not face jail after a previous private prosecution failed to reach a verdict officials will have to get a a "stay" of prosecution which has been in place since 2000 removed.
Jon Stoddart, the lead officer on Operation Resolve , said: “We have to have this stay on the prosecution lifted if we want to pursue charges.”
It seems the families of the 96 might have to wait a bit longer.