A police officer accused of the homicide and manslaughter of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson shot him with a Taser for 33 seconds – greater than six occasions longer than really useful, a jury has heard.
PC Benjamin Monk, 42, is on trial at Birmingham Crown Courtroom and has denied any wrongdoing resulting in Mr Atkinson’s demise.
Opening the prosecution case in opposition to the West Mercia Police constable, the Crown’s QC Alexandra Healy advised jurors 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.
“PC Monk continued to depress the set off for greater than six occasions the size of an ordinary five-second part,” she mentioned.
“The Taser was deployed for 33 seconds.”
Jurors additionally heard the 48-year-old former footballer, who additionally performed for Ipswich City and Sheffield Wednesday, was kicked twice within the head by Monk “with sufficient drive to go away the imprint of the sample of the laces from the highest of his boot on two separate areas of Mr Atkinson’s brow”.
His colleague, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31 – referred to as Ellie – can be on trial alongside Monk, charged with assault.
“She struck Dalian Atkinson repeatedly with an prolonged baton while he was mendacity on the bottom, having been incapacitated on the bottom by Taser,” Ms Healy advised the courtroom.
Bettley-Smith has pleaded not responsible to a cost alleging she assaulted Mr Atkinson occasioning precise bodily hurt earlier than his demise on 15 August 2016.
Ms Healy advised jurors that pathologists and a specialist in intensive care instructed by the prosecution had concluded that while Mr Atkinson’s underlying well being circumstances meant he was at a tremendously elevated danger of dying, have been it not for the third Taser deployment and the kicks to his head, he wouldn’t have died that night time.
Each officers have been responding to a 999 name reporting a disturbance at Mr Atkinson’s father’s handle in Meadow Shut, Telford, at round 1.30am.
Mr Atkinson, who suffered from a number of well being points together with hypertension and coronary heart illness, had turn into “disturbed and erratic”, the courtroom heard.
He was shouting on the street which woke one of many neighbours who referred to as the police.
Mr Atkinson answered the door and was “unarmed”, continued Ms Healy, and Monk tried to taser him twice, however the gadget was “ineffective”.
The ex-footballer punched a glass panel in his father’s entrance door “inflicting it to smash”, earlier than an extra confrontation between him and the officers on the street the place Monk fired a 3rd Taser cartridge at him efficiently, earlier than kicking him within the head as he lay incapacitated on the bottom.
Ms Healy mentioned the 2 defendants declare they have been entitled to make use of drive as a result of they feared for his or her security.
“In kicking Dalian Atkinson within 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,” the prosecutor continued.
She added: “In kicking Dalian Atkinson to the pinnacle PC Monk can solely, the prosecution say, have solely meant to trigger actually severe harm.”
The courtroom heard an ambulance was referred to as however Mr Atkinson, who had misplaced consciousness and was unresponsive, went into cardiac arrest en path to hospital and was pronounced lifeless at 2.45am.
The trial continues.