Died in the summer of 2016 during a police intervention, the former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson received a discharge from an electric pulse pistol lasting 33 seconds, the prosecution said on Tuesday during the trial of policeman charged with murder.
His disappearance in August 2016, extremely brutal, had aroused some emotion. Five years after the tragedy, we know more about the facts which led to the death of the former English footballer Dalian Atkinson (48 years old then) during an intervention of the police.
While a police officer – who denies the facts – is currently on trial for murder in a Birmingham court, the prosecution announced on Tuesday that the ex-attacker succumbed to a 33-second taser discharge, more than six times more longer than the standard duration.
Two more kicks in the face
Dalian Atkinson, who notably played at Aston Villa in the 1990s, died after receiving an electric pulse pistol discharge from the police, in Telford, following an incident near his father’s home.
Presenting the charges against the indicted police officer, the representative of the prosecution, Alexandra Healy, considered that the course of events shows that the agent “was not acting in self-defense”. The accused, Benjamin Monk, “continued to pull the trigger for more than six times the length of the recommended five-second phase,” she said. The former athlete, who suffered from severe kidney problems, also received two kicks to the forehead hard enough to leave the imprint of the laces.
Dalian Atkinson had started his career with the club of Ipswich Town, before making himself known under the colors of Sheffield Wednesday, in 1989. The striker had then gone to Real Sociedad, in Spain, before returning to England, this times at Aston Villa. He scored the club’s first Premier League goal on August 15, 1992, and won the goal of the year award in that same 1992-1993 season. He had subsequently played in Fenerbahçe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.