Dalian Atkinson: Neighbour feared ex-footballer was lifeless after officer ‘stamped’ on his head, trial hears

Dalian Atkinson played for several clubs, including Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town. Pic: Action Images

2021-05-07 00:51:00

A girl who had identified Dalian Atkinson since he was a child has instructed a courtroom she feared he was lifeless as a police officer “stamped” repeatedly on the previous footballer’s head.

Jean Jeffrey-Shaw stated she needed to look away because the ex-Aston Villa striker was on the bottom in August 2016 as a result of it was “an excessive amount of” for her.

Police have been referred to as after Mr Atkinson was heard shouting on the street in Meadow Shut, Telford, waking one of many neighbours.

The prosecution alleges that PC Benjamin Monk murdered Mr Atkinson by kicking him within the head no less than twice, whereas PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith allegedly struck blows with a baton out of anger.

Monk, 42, denies homicide and manslaughter, whereas Bettley-Smith, 31, denies assault.

Mrs Jeffrey-Shaw was amongst a number of eyewitnesses from Meadow Shut giving proof at Birmingham Crown Courtroom.

She lived subsequent door to Mr Atkinson’s father, Ernest, for greater than 50 years.

Benjamin Monk, right, and Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, left
Benjamin Monk, proper, and Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, left

Mrs Jeffrey-Shaw stated that after seeing two cops strolling “with function” close by, and listening to a crashing noise, she noticed a person on the street – who she wrongly thought was Mr Atkinson’s nephew – fall to the bottom behind a automotive.

“One of many officers was saying ‘hold your head down’ and was stamping on his head,” she stated.

“The person lifted his knee up and stamped. One time he was knocking him so onerous I needed to look away. I could not stand it. He went growth, growth, growth.”

Claiming the person on the bottom had been stamped on “a number of instances greater than as soon as”, Mrs Jeffrey-Shaw added: “I stated to my husband: ‘He is not transferring, why is he telling him to maintain his head down?’

“I used to be pondering he’s lifeless, as a result of he wasn’t transferring,” she added.

Mrs Jeffrey-Shaw stated the feminine officer gave the impression to be frightened.

“After he was stamping on the top, the woman was panicking however the different officer was calm,” she instructed the courtroom.

Requested by prosecutor QC Alexandra Healy if she had seen any motion from the person whereas he was on the bottom, Mrs Jeffrey-Shaw replied: “No, that is why I stated he was lifeless.”

Below cross-examination from Patrick Gibbs QC, for Monk, the neighbour maintained she had not mistaken two kicks to the top for stamping.

Mr Gibbs stated: “A suggestion I’ve is that the officer has not stamped down with the only real of his boot, however he has kicked Dalian within the brow with the entrance of the boot, with the laces?”

Mrs Jeffrey-Shaw stated: “He was stamping. He was placing his foot down. I needed to look away, it was an excessive amount of for me.”

Requested by Richard Smith QC, representing Bettley-Smith, if the officer had appeared frightened on the scene, Mrs Jeffery-Shaw answered: “Sure, she was frightened. She did not know what to do with herself.”

Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinsonholds the Coca-Cola cup with goal scorer Dalian Atkinson following Villa's 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley. *** Best Quality Available***
Atkinson following Villa’s 3-1 League Cup win over Manchester United in 1994, wherein he scored

Earlier, jurors heard the previous footballer’s father stated his son was not in his proper thoughts when he was tasered.

Ernest Atkinson, who has since handed away, instructed investigators his son, who additionally performed for Ipswich City and Sheffield Wednesday, had grabbed him across the throat after “pounding” on the door of his house.

Mr Atkinson, then 85, gave his account to police on 23 August 2016, jurors heard.

Junior prosecution counsel Paul Jarvis summarised his assertion and skim it to the jury.

Mr Atkinson instructed investigators he had opened a window and requested his son what was improper, and he had requested to come back inside to speak.

The 48-year-old appeared upset, his father stated, and he opened the door for him as a result of he was banging on it.

Addressing the jury, Mr Jarvis added: “From inside the home Ernest may see and listen to Dalian standing together with his palms out and say ‘You will Taser me. I am the messiah, you can’t damage me’.”

Mr Atkinson, who assumed the police would be capable to calm his son down, then heard a bang because the glass in his entrance door was smashed.

The trial continues.

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