Police officer found guilty of manslaughter of ex-Villa star Dalian Atkinson

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A police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

Ex-Aston Villa star Atkinson died in August 2016 after being shot with a police taser when officers were called to an incident.

PC Benjamin Monk of the West Mercia force, has been convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham crown court.

Monk was accused of lying in court and of kicking and stamping on Atkinson's head while the former footballer lay on the ground.

Monk, 43, was cleared of an alternative charge of murder with a trial at hearing Monk tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds and kicked him twice in the head.

Atkinson began his career at Ipswich Town before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad and Aston Villa.

Jurors continue to deliberate on an assault charge against Monk's colleague Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith.

Counsel for Monk had claimed the ex-footballer was not motionless on the ground when he was kicked twice in the head "as a last resort" after the officer ran out of options.

And the defendant said Mr Atkinson told him: "I'm the f****** Messiah – your Taser won't work. I'm going to take you to the gates of hell."

Defence QC Patrick Gibbs also submitted that the length of a 33-second Taser deployment by Monk was the clearest evidence that it was delivered by mistake "in complete confusion and panic".

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