Ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson tasered and kicked by police officer, murder trial hears
Former footballer Dalian Atkinson was tasered three times and kicked at least twice to the head by an “angry” police officer, a murder trial jury has heard.
The jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk denies the murder and manslaughter of the 48-year-old former footballer, who played for Aston Villa, Man City, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday.
Opening the Crown’s case against the 42-year-old officer, who was charged after a three-year inquiry into Mr Atkinson’s death in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire, prosecution counsel Alexandra Healy alleged the ex-footballer was tasered for 33 seconds, more than six times the standard five-second phase.
The QC told the court on Tuesday that Mr Atkinson, who had serious health problems, moved towards the officers after they were called to a disturbance in Meadow Close, Telford, at about 1.30am.
Outlining the Crown’s case, the prosecutor said the third deployment of a Taser by Monk was “completely effective” and caused Mr Atkinson neuro-muscular incapacitation before he fell forwards onto the road.
The barrister told the jury: “The standard default setting of a Taser is a five-second phase, but it is possible to override that by continuing to depress the trigger.
“At least two kicks were delivered by him to Dalian Atkinson’s forehead with enough force to leave the imprints of the pattern of the laces from the top of his boot on two separate areas of Mr Atkinson’s forehead.”
The court heard that Monk, who has 14 years’ service in uniform, and Bettley-Smith, who joined the force in February 2015, were in a relationship at the time.