Cop arrives at court charged with murder of ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson who was shot with Taser
A COP accused of murdering former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson who died after being shot with a 50,000-volt Taser has today arrived at court.
Benjamin Timothy Monk, 42, is accused of killing the former Premier League ace in the first case of its kind in Britain.
The cop, from West Mercia Police, denies murder and manslaughter.
A female officer, Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, faces an offence of assault.
The former Premier League footballer, 48, was felled by the shock after officers were called to an alleged bust-up with his dad in August 2016.
He collapsed in the road in Telford and was taken to hospital by ambulance where he died 90 minutes later.
Dalian's devastated family had campaigned for a full investigation into his death and "welcomed" the decision to charge the officers.
Monk, who arrived at Birmingham Crown Court this morning, is only the fourth officer to be charged with murdering someone while on duty in more than 20 years.
Atkinson also played for Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester City, Ipswich Town, Fenerbahce and Real Sociedad during a career spanning 16 years.
He scored in Villa’s 3-1 1994 League Cup final victory over Manchester United and went on to net 36 times for the club in 114 appearances.
Atkinson’s siblings described him as kind, caring, funny and cheeky.
But before his death, relatives said he was “not in his right mind” and was suffering from health issues, including kidney problems and a weak heart.
His brother Paul, 55, said Atkinson had been acting irrationally as he was too “scared to sleep” due to medication he was on following dialysis treatment.
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