Former Aston Villa ahead Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered 3 times and kicked at the very least twice in the head by an “angry” police officer, a homicide enquiry jury has been told.
Birmingham Crown Court has heard that Atkinson, 48, was killed after a confrontation with West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk, who denies claims of homicide and manslaughter after he was charged following a three-year investigation into the circumstances surrounding Atkinson’s dying in Telford, UK in 2016.
The prosecution claims that Atkinson was tasered for a complete of 33 seconds, a time which is almost six occasions increased than the normal five-second discharge that law enforcement officials are required to make use of.
The court docket was told that Atkinson, who was affected by end-stage renal failure, approached officers after they have been known as to the scene of a disturbance at round 1.30am native time.
“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,” stated prosecution counsel Alexandra Healy, who additionally told the court docket that Atkinson was kicked in the head at the very least twice.
“And PC Monk continued to depress the trigger for over six times the length of a standard five-second phase. The taser was deployed for 33 seconds.
“PC Monk additionally proceeded to kick Dalian Atkinson. At least two kicks have been delivered by him to Dalian Atkinson’s brow with sufficient drive to depart the imprints of the sample of the laces from the high of his boot on two separate areas of Mr Atkinson’s brow.“
A second police officer, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, is also charged with assault related to the incident, to which she has pleaded not guilty. The prosecution claims that Bettley-Smith struck Atkinson with a baton a number of times while he was incapacitated on the ground.
Ex #avfc striker Dalian Atkinson wouldn’t have died in August 2016 had he not been tasered by police for more than 6x the standard duration, and kicked in the head twice, a court has heard. Taser lasted 33seconds, and the kicks were so hard imprint of laces left on his forehead.
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“In kicking Dalian Atkinson in the head not as soon as, however on two separate events, PC Monk was not, the prosecution say, appearing in self-defence or in defence of one other,” continued Healy.
“He was little doubt offended that he had been put in concern by this man. He selected to take that anger out on Dalian Atkinson by kicking him in the head.
“His training will have taught him – and it is obvious – that the head is a sensitive area. In kicking Dalian Atkinson to the head, PC Monk can, the prosecution say, have only intended to cause really serious injury.”
Atkinson additionally represented the likes of Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Fenerbahce and Manchester City throughout a profession that lasted between 1985 and 2001.
He is maybe finest remembered for a shocking solo objective for Villa towards Wimbledon in 1992 which earned him ‘Goal of the Season’ honors.
The trial continues.