Who was Dalian Atkinson?
Dalian Atkinson was an English footballer who played as a striker for Premier League teams Manchester City and Aston Villa. He had also played for many teams abroad; in Spain for Real Sociedad, in France for Metz, in Turkey for Fenerbahçe, and in South Korea for Daejeon Citizen and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
The ex-Villa and Manchester City footballer died after being shot with a 50,000-volt Taser in Telford, Shropshire, in August 2016.
Dalian Atkinson murdered in street by police officer, jury hears https://t.co/92bkO1Ja3N
— The Guardian (@guardian) May 4, 2021
How old was Dalian Atkinson?
Dalian Atkinson was 48 years old at the time of death, 15 August 2016.
Dalian Atkinson Wikipedia
Atkinson first came to prominence at Ipswich Town as a teenager, impressing seasoned experts with his speed and daring, which included a hat-trick against a Middlesbrough side containing Gary Pallister and future Ipswich captain Tony Mowbray at the heart of their defense, in the 1987–88 season.
In 1989, manager Ron Atkinson brought him to Sheffield Wednesday for £450,000. He was an ever-present in the league for Sheffield Wednesday in his only season there, scoring 10 goals. After relegation, he was sold to Real Sociedad for £1.7 million.
Atkinson was racially abused by opposition fans during his time in Spain.
Atkinson joined Aston Villa for £1.6 million in July 1991.
Atkinson is probably most often remembered for his magnificent solo goal against Wimbledon in a 3–2 away win on 3 October 1992, which won Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season award for the 1992–93 season, the first season of the new FA Premier League, when Villa finished runners-up.
Atkinson is also remembered by Aston Villa fans for his goal in the 1994 League Cup final win against Manchester United.
Dalian Atkinson Footballer
Atkinson represented the England B side in a friendly 4–1 loss against Republic of Ireland B on 27 March 1990. He scored England’s only goal in the game.
Dalian Atkinson Death
An “angry” police officer caused the death of ex-Aston Villa footballer Atkinson when he Tasered him for six times longer than the standard practice before kicking him at least twice in the head, a court heard. PC Benjamin Monk is standing trial for murder after discharging his Taser for 33 seconds and his West Mercia Police colleague Pc Mary Bettley-Smith is accused of assault for the use of her baton on Atkinson after he had been stunned to the ground.
The pair were in a relationship at the time, it was revealed in court yesterday.
Atkinson – a star for the Birmingham club in the 1990s – visited his father’s house in Meadow Close, Telford, at 1.30 am on Aug 15, 2016, to discuss a hospital appointment for his kidney disease. He had been watching Andy Murray compete in the 2016 Olympic Games before heading to his father’s house.
He had smoked a small amount of cannabis, the court heard.
His shouting in the street demanding to be let in awoke some of the neighbors, one of whom was so concerned she called the police. When Pc Monk and Pc Bettley-Smith, 31, arrived, Atkinson was behaving in a “bizarre and erratic” manner and was referring to himself as “the Messiah”, the jury heard.
A witness saw Atkinson walking away from his father’s front door towards the officers with his arms outstretched and his palms open.
As he advanced down the driveway after two failed Taser attempts, Atkinson said: “I told you your thing isn’t working. I am the Messiah. You cannot hurt me.”
Pc Monk then attempted to Taser Atkinson a third time. Alexandra Healy QC for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “The standard default setting of a Taser is a five-second phase, but it is possible to override that by continuing to depress the trigger.
“Pc Monk continued to depress the trigger for over six times the length of a standard phase. The taser was deployed for 33 seconds.”
Dalian Atkinson Police
Another Meadow Close resident heard a male officer shout at a female officer “f—ing hit him”, while Atkinson was on the floor, the jury heard. By the time backup arrived, Atkinson, 48, was already on the ground and an officer saw Pc Monk’s foot on top of the star’s head or shoulder as he turned onto Meadow Close.
Five officers heard Pc Monk admit to kicking Atkinson. “I had to kick him in the head,” they heard him say.
The ambulance arrived at about 1.49 am, and an officer waiting for the paramedics heard Pc Monk tell one of the medics: “He may be a bit bloody as I’ve had to kick him,” the Crown told the jury. Atkinson was loaded into the ambulance with his hands cuffed behind his back because police officers believed he was feigning illness, the court heard. During the six-minute journey to the hospital, the paramedics requested the handcuffs were removed.
When Atkinson arrived at the hospital, he was still breathing, but he then went into cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at 2.44 am. Pc Monk and Pc Bettley-Smith drove back to Malinsgate police station in their vehicle after the ambulance had cleared Meadow Close.
Dalian Atkinson Cause of Death
Atkinson had high blood pressure and heart disease as well as end-stage renal failure for which he was receiving dialysis.
He had been due to attend the BMI Alexandra Hospital in relation to his kidney disease a few hours after he died. Pc Monk was charged in 2019 with murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter after an inquiry into Atkinson’s death.
Dalian Atkinson Trial
“He chose to take that anger out on Dalian Atkinson by kicking him in the head.”
Dalian’s devastated family had campaigned for a full investigation into his death and “welcomed” the decision to charge the officers. Monk is only the fourth officer to be charged with murdering someone while on duty in more than 20 years.
Pc Monk’s West Mercia Police colleague Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith is charged with actual bodily harm (ABH) assault.
Both deny all charges against them. The trial continues.
The jury is due to hear opening addresses at Birmingham Crown Court.