Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson died with a police officer’s bootlaces “bruised into his forehead”, his devastated family said.
Speaking after Pc Benjamin Monk was convicted of the former footballer’s manslaughter, his relatives said the entire country now knew the truth of how he
Mr Atkinson died after being Tasered and kicked by Pc Benjamin Monk outside his father’s home in Telford on August 15, 2016.
On the night of the 48-year-old’s death, his family said, he needed medical attention but instead was met with ‘violence’ and ‘died with PC Monk’s boot lace prints bruised onto his forehead
The West Mercia Police officer was this morning cleared of murdering the footballer but convicted of his manslaughter following a seven-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court
Mr Atkinson’s family said: “Dalian Atkinson is much missed by all his family and friends and the footballing communities of the clubs he played for in his long and successful career as a professional footballer, especially Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday
Pc Benjamin Monk, of West Mercia Police, has denied both allegations.
The 42-year-old was charged in 2019 with murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter after an inquiry into Mr Atkinson’s death in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire.
Birmingham Crown Court previously heard that he Tasered Mr Atkinson for six times longer than a standard deployment of the weapon and then kicked him in the forehead so hard it left an imprint of the pattern of his boot laces on the ex-player’s head.
The constable’s colleague, Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, is also facing trial accused of assault.
She has already entered a not guilty plea to a charge alleging she assaulted Mr Atkinson occasioning actual bodily harm pr
Jurors took 18 hours and 48 minutes to reach unanimous verdicts on PC Monk following a seven-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. The officer was today, June 23, cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter