Police officer found guilty of former footballer, Dalian Atkinson’s death

UK Police, Dalian Atkinson guilty of former footballer's manslaughter

A UK police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson.

The former Aston Villa striker died after a stand-off with West Mercia police officers outside his father’s home in Telford, Shropshire in 2016.

PC Benjamin Monk, 43, was cleared at Birmingham Crown Court of an alternative charge of murder.

Mr Atkinson’s family said justice had been done and hoped he would be remembered for his life, not his death.

Monk was granted bail until his sentencing hearing at the same court on Monday, after being told a custodial sentence in his case was inevitable.

His trial had heard he tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds and kicked him twice in the head.

He denied any wrongdoing and said he believed there was a danger to life for him and his colleague.

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

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