Police officer ‘murdered ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson by Tasering him for 33 seconds – greater than six occasions normal time – and kicking him within the head twice throughout arrest’, courtroom hears
Ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered 3 times for 33 seconds and kicked a minimum of twice to the pinnacle by an ‘offended’ police officer, a homicide trial jury has heard.
West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk denies the homicide and manslaughter of the 48-year-old former footballer, who additionally performed for Ipswich City and Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham Crown Courtroom heard at the moment.
Opening the Crown’s case towards the 42-year-old officer, who was charged after a three-year inquiry into Mr Atkinson’s demise in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire, prosecution counsel Alexandra Healy alleged the ex-footballer was tasered for 33 seconds, greater than six occasions the usual five-second part.
The QC advised the courtroom on Tuesday that Mr Atkinson, who had severe well being issues together with finish stage renal failure, moved in the direction of the officers after they had been known as to a disturbance in Meadow Shut, Telford, at about 1.30am.
West Mercia Police Constables Benjamin Monk (proper) and Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith arrive at Birmingham Crown Courtroom the place Monk is accused of the homicide, and an alternate cost of manslaughter, of former footballer Dalian Atkinson and Bettley-Smith is charged with assaulting Mr Atkinson
Mr Atkinson, who additionally performed for Ipswich City and Sheffield Wednesday, died in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire
Outlining the Crown’s case, the prosecutor stated the third deployment of a Taser by Monk was ‘fully efficient’ and prompted Mr Atkinson neuro-muscular incapacitation earlier than he fell forwards onto the highway.
The barrister advised the jury: ‘The usual default setting of a Taser is a five-second part, however it’s potential to override that by persevering with to depress the set off.
‘And Computer Monk continued to depress the set off for over six occasions the size of a normal five-second part.
‘The taser was deployed for 33 seconds.’
The prosecution counsel added: ‘Computer Monk additionally proceeded to kick Dalian Atkinson.
‘At the least two kicks had been delivered by him to Dalian Atkinson’s brow with sufficient power to go away the imprints of the sample of the laces from the highest of his boot on two separate areas of Mr Atkinson’s brow.’
Kenroy Atkinson, the brother of former footballer Dalian Atkinson, arrives at Birmingham Crown Courtroom
Monk’s colleague, Computer Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, can also be dealing with trial charged with assault.
She has pleaded not responsible to a cost alleging she assaulted Mr Atkinson occasioning precise bodily hurt earlier than his demise on August 15 2016.
Addressing Bettley-Smith’s alleged function, Ms Healy claimed the youthful officer had struck Mr Atkinson, while he was mendacity on the bottom, quite a few occasions along with her baton.
The prosecutor added of Monk: ‘In kicking Dalian Atkinson within the head not as soon as, however on two separate events, Computer Monk was not, the prosecution say, performing in self-defence or in defence of one other.
‘He was little question offended that he had been put in worry by this man.
‘He selected to take that anger out on Dalian Atkinson by kicking him within the head.
‘His coaching can have taught him, and it’s apparent, that the pinnacle is a delicate space.
‘In kicking Dalian Atkinson to the pinnacle Computer Monk can solely, the prosecution say, have solely meant to trigger actually severe damage.’