Cop in Aston Villa star’s murder trial ‘tasered him for 33 seconds’, court hears

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A police officer accused of the murder and manslaughter of ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson tasered him for 33 seconds, the prosecution has claimed.

PC Benjamin Monk, 42, is on trial for the murder and manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson, who died aged 48, on 15 August 2016.

Monk, who denies any wrongdoing, is on trial alongside PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, who is charged with assault and also denies wrongdoing.

The prosecution alleges Monk kicked Dalian Atkinson at least twice with "enough force to leave the imprint of the pattern of the laces."

Whilst he was was on the ground, it is claimed Monk proceeded to taser Atkinson for 33 seconds, which the prosecution says was "not reasonable" as the football player was unresponsive.

The Crown's QC Alexandra Healy told Birmingham Crown Court: "On the night of Sunday 14th August and going into the early hours of Monday 15th August when this occurred, Dalian Atkinson's behaviour was disturbed and erratic. He had attended his father's address at 22 Meadow Close in Telford shortly before 1.30am in the morning.

"He was shouting in the street and that shouting was him demanding to be let into his father's house, and it awoke some of the neighbours, one of whom was so concerned she phoned the police. The two defendants are the two police officers who attended the scene in response to that 999 call."

"PC Monk was the more experienced officer and was armed with a Taser. He was equipped, as is standard, with three Taser cartridges. PC Bettley-Smith was armed with an extendable baton. They knocked on the door of number 22 and Dalian Atkinson came to the door. He was unarmed."

Ms Healy told jurors Mr Monked tasered Mr Atkinson three times after the ex-footballer claimed to be the Messiah.

The first two attempts were ineffective, but the 42-year-old fell to the ground on the third try.

She claimed: "Dalian Atkinson moved towards them in the road and PC Monk fired the third Taser cartridge at him. Pc Monk also proceeded to kick Dalian Atkinson.

At least two kicks were delivered by him, to Dalian's Atkinson's forehead, with enough force to leave the imprint of the pattern of the laces from the top of his boot on two separate areas of Mr Atkin's forehead. Pc Bettley-Smith struck Mr Atkinson whilst he was lying on the ground a number of times with her baton.

"A number of residents living in Meadow Close witnessed this attack. Their view was once Dalian Atkinson had fallen to the ground he was unresponsive and still."

Ms Healy said that Mr Monk was not acting in self-defence but was "angry" to have been "put in fear by this man," and he allegedly "chose to take that anger out on Dalian Atkinson by kicking him in the head."

The prosecutor alleged that Ms Bettley-Smith too, "was not acting in self defence or in defence of her colleague but also taking out her anger on a man who had earlier put her in fear, with the weapon she had been entrusted with to use lawfully."

At the time of the attack Mr Atkinson had been suffering with heart disease, high blood pressure, and end-stage renal failure.

The court was told that although pathologists agreed his health conditions meant he was at a greater "risk of dying,” he would have survived if it were not for the "third Taser denouement and the kicks to his head."

The trial continues.

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