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Trevor Hicks attending the trial at Preston Crown Court yesterday

Trevor Hicks attending the trial at Preston Crown Court yesterday

Trevor Hicks (right) on the terraces at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989

Trevor Hicks (right) on the terraces at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989

Trevor Hicks attending the trial at Preston Crown Court yesterday

A father whose two daughters were killed in the Hillsborough disaster has told a court of the "worst moment" of his life as he travelled to hospital with one girl while her sister was on the pitch.

Trevor Hicks, whose daughters Sarah (19) and Victoria (15) died on April 15, 1989, gave evidence at the trial of match commander David Duckenfield at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

He said the two girls had been in the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace while he had been in a pen to the side.

He said as kick-off approached the pens seemed "very full" and it was clear there were problems, adding that he and another man, shouted up to a police officer on the gantry to alert them to the situation.

Asked how the police officer responded, he said: "He told me to shut my 'f****** prattle'."

He said he later spoke to a second police officer, who did not respond.

Mr Hicks said that he thought he saw Victoria being carried out of the terrace, so he left the pen and then found both girls on the pitch.

He then went in an ambulance to hospital with Victoria, while Sarah was still being treated on the pitch, describing it in court as "probably the worst moment of my life".

Barry Devonside, whose son Christopher (18) also died in the crush at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, also gave evidence yesterday and described being "frozen in fear" as he saw the disaster unfold from his North Stand seat.

He said: "There were only a few police officers there and some of those police officers were endeavouring to help those who were in distress, those who were dying and those who were dead.

"I also saw police officers pushing back into pen three those who were fighting for their life to get out of that pen."

Duckenfield (74) denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans who died in the fatal crush on the Leppings Lane terrace. Under the law at the time there can be no prosecution for the 96th victim, Tony Bland, as he died more than a year and a day after the disaster.

Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell (69) denies breaching a condition of the ground's safety certificate and failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety Act.

The trial continues today.

Belfast Telegraph