Benjamin Monk, A police officer who unlawfully killed Dalian Atkinson by tasering
him to the ground and kicking him in the head has been jailed for eight years.
PC Benjamin Monk, 43, discharged his Taser three times and kicked him twice in the
head, leaving bootlace prints on his forehead, his trial heard.
The Premier League footballer, 48, died after being shot with a 50,000-volt Taser in Telford, Shropshire, in August 2016.
West Mercia PC Benjamin Monk, 42, was convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder last week in the first case of its kind in the UK.
Judge Melbourne Inman QC, Recorder of Birmingham, jailed Monk for eight years at Birmingham Crown Court today.
He said the officer must serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in custody.
Monk is believed to be the first British police officer to be found guilty of unlawfully killing a member of the public while on duty since 1986.
He was Tasered for 33 seconds – six times longer than the standard five-second length
The 6ft 2in striker collapsed in the road in Telford and died 90 minutes later after
going into cardiac arrest.
Jurors heard how Dalian was “disturbed and erratic” leading up to his death and told
Monk he was “going to take you to the gates of Hell”.
He then held his finger on the trigger for 33 seconds on the third attempt.
Dalian collapsed on the ground where Monk then kicked him several times “like a
football”, horrified witnesses said.
One bystander told jurors how the footballer was booted around “15 times” as he had
the “s**t kicked out of him”.
The striker was kicked with such force his blood was found in the laces of Monk’s
boots and there was an imprint of the cops’ shoes on his forehead.
The officer was later heard telling paramedics “he may be bloody as I had to kick him”
as the footballer was rushed to hospital.
Dalian, who had several health issues, went into cardiac arrest and was declared
dead shortly after.
Monk later claimed he feared for his life and accepted he “instinctively” kicked the
star in the shoulder during the arrest.
Villa star Dalian 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.