Dalian Atkinson death: PC Benjamin Monk found guilty of manslaughter by jury

Ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson died in August 2016; PC Benjamin Monk denied murder and alternative charge of manslaughter

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Gary Cotterill reports from outside Birmingham Crown Court where PC Benjamin Monk has been convicted of the manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson

A police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson.

PC Benjamin Monk tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds, more than six times longer than the normal cycle, before kicking him at least twice in the head during a confrontation in August 2016.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took more than 18 hours to reach unanimous verdicts on the manslaughter charge against Monk. They cleared him of Mr Atkinson's murder.

West Mercia Police constable Benjamin Monk arrives at Birmingham Crown Court
Image: PC Benjamin Monk was found guilty of the manslaughter of Atkinson but cleared of his murder

The jury trying West Mercia PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, who denies assaulting Atkinson, has been sent home and will resume its deliberations at 10am on Thursday.

The 48-year-old former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town striker had been shouting in the street in the early hours of the morning on August 15 outside his father's house in Telford, and was demanding to be let in.

Dalian Atkinson pictured in 1993 during his time with Aston Villa
Image: Atkinson pictured in 1993 during his time with Aston Villa

According to the charity Inquest, no police officer has been found guilty of murder or manslaughter over a death in custody or following police contact in England and Wales since the 1980s.

The last time an officer was convicted in such a case was in 1986, when a Merseyside police sergeant was found guilty of manslaughter after kicking and punching a retired bus driver in a police cell.

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