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Half Of Stardust Victims' Bodies Found Near Three Fire Exits, Inquests Told

File image: Rolling News, Eamon Butterly, former manager of the Stardust club

The former manager of the nightclub, Eamon Butterly, remains in the witness box for the sixth day.

The fresh inquests into the deaths of 48 people at the Stardust tragedy in 1981 have been hearing difficult evidence about where the bodies were located.

The Coroner at these fresh inquests warned the families of the victims that hearing the evidence about where the 48 bodies were located following the Stardust fire would be difficult.

The jury was shown a map outlining where the deceased were found and a barrister representing some of the vicitims' families said half of them were located near three exit doors.

The barrister believes these exit doors were locked when the fire broke out and people couldn't escape, resulting in a catastrophe.

He put this to the former Stardust manager Eamon Butterly who denied it.

Mr Butterly insisted again and again the three doors were unlocked and it was the darkness and smoke that led to panic.

He said his head doorman told him all exit doors had been opened at 11.30pm that night.

When it was put to him by the barrister that this was a lie, and a lie that was falling apart - Mr Butterly said he was not lying.

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