Dalian Atkinson’s family says ‘justice has been done’ as PC convicted of killing
Dalian Atkinson’s family said “justice has been done” after a police officer was convicted of killing the former Aston Villa striker.
PC Benjamin Monk, 43, tasered the ex-footballer for 33 seconds before kicking his head “like a football”.
He was cleared of murder but faces years behind bars for manslaughter.
Today the victim’s relatives said he was “much missed” by his loved ones, friends and football fans.
They added: “The past five years have been an ordeal.
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“We knew years ago about the terrible injuries inflicted by PC Monk on Dalian.
“We are hugely relieved the whole country now knows the truth about how Dalian died.”
Solicitor Kate Maynard described the verdict as a “landmark conviction”.
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones, of West Mercia Police, said afterwards she was “sincerely sorry” and offered her “deep condolences” to his grieving family.
Dalian was killed outside his late father’s home in Telford, Shrops, in 2016.
PC Ellie Bettley-Smith, 31, who was in a relationship with PC Monk, allegedly hit the ex-footballer, 48, with a baton.
Jurors will return to court to continue deliberations on her ABH charge today.
PC Monk, who was bailed, is the first officer to be found guilty of killing while on duty since 1986.
A resident said she saw him “kicking the sh*t” out of Dalian, who had suffered mental health issues, as he lay motionless.
Monk used his Taser for six times longer than the standard five seconds after two previous attempts failed.
At Birmingham crown court, Judge Melbourne Inman told him a jail term is inevitable at his sentencing on Monday.