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Female PC battered Dalian Atkinson with a baton while her cop lover kicked him to death, court hears

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A feminine cop battered former Premier League star Dalian Atkinson with a baton as he was tasered and kicked to loss of life by her police officer boyfriend, a courtroom heard. 

PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 32, is accused of assault occasioning precise bodily hurt following the retired footballer’s loss of life in August 2016.

Former Aston Villa striker Atkinson died after being tasered by PC Benjamin Monk outdoors his dad’s dwelling in Telford, Shropshire.

Monk zapped the 48-year-old with a stun-gun for 33 seconds earlier than kicking him twice within the head and was jailed for eight years for manslaughter in June final 12 months.

At present Monk’s former girlfriend Bettley-Smith went on trial at Birmingham Crown Court docket for a second time after a jury beforehand failed to achieve a verdict.

Former footballer Dalian Atkinson died after  August 15 2016 after an encounter with police outside his father's home in Meadow Close, Telford, Shropshire.

PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 32, is accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the retired footballer's death in August 2016.

Former footballer Dalian Atkinson, left, died on  August 15 2016 after an encounter with police outdoors his father’s dwelling in Meadow Shut, Telford, Shropshire. Pictured proper is PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, who denies a cost of assault occasioning precise bodily hurt.

PC Benjamin Monk was jailed for eight years after being convicted of manslaughter following a previous trial

PC Benjamin Monk was jailed for eight years after being convicted of manslaughter following a earlier trial 

The courtroom heard she acted unlawfully when she struck Atkinson together with her baton ‘with as a lot drive as she might muster’ whereas he lay on the bottom after being tasered.

She could have acted ‘out of anger’ or as a result of she had been informed by her accomplice Monk: ‘F**king hit him, f**king hit him’, jurors had been informed.

However Bettley-Smith, of West Mercia Police, claims she used cheap drive on the time and acted in self defence as a result of she thought-about her life was at risk.

Prosecutor Paul Jarvis mentioned: ‘Dalian Atkinson died after an encounter outdoors his father’s dwelling with two law enforcement officials, PC Benjamin Monk and PC Ellie Bettley-Smith.

‘These officers had been in an intimate relationship at the moment.

‘I ought to make it clear on the outset that it has by no means been the prosecution’s case that Ellie Bettley-Smith was accountable in any approach for Dalian Atkinson’s loss of life.

‘Nevertheless it has all the time been the prosecution’s case that she unlawfully struck Dalian Atkinson greater than as soon as together with her baton to the again of his physique as he lay on the bottom, thereby inflicting bruising that amounted to precise bodily hurt.

‘Ellie Bettley-Smith doesn’t deny putting Dalian Atkinson however she maintains that she did so both in self-defence, or in defence of Benjamin Monk or others, or in an effort to arrest Dalian Atkinson or to forestall him from committing additional offences.

The former Aston Villa striker Atkinson died after being tasered by PC Benjamin Monk

The previous Aston Villa striker Atkinson died after being tasered by PC Benjamin Monk

‘Ellie Bettley-Smith says that she genuinely believed that Dalian Atkinson posed a risk to her and to Benjamin Monk on the time she hit him.’

The courtroom heard how officers had been known as at round 1.30am on August 15, 2016 after Atkinson tried to smash his approach into his 85-year-old dad’s home.

Atkinson confronted them each whereas ranting ‘I am the f***ing Messiah’ earlier than Monk deployed his stun gun 3 times.

Jurors had been informed Atkinson, who was unarmed, fell to the bottom the place Monk delivered at the least two kicks to his brow whereas Bettley-Smith hit him a baton.

The previous Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich City striker was rushed to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford however died after struggling a cardiac arrest at 2.54am.

The courtroom heard Atkinson had suffered from kidney failure, hypertension and coronary heart illness and was ‘not appearing himself’ on the night time he died.

Mr Jarvis added: ‘His behaviour was each weird and troubling and would quickly flip aggressive.

‘The occasions that happened on Meadow Shut within the early hours of August 15, 2016 had been witnessed by plenty of individuals who lived on the shut.

‘Benjamin Monk had his taser with him and three cartridges. Ellie Bettley-Smith was not certified to make use of a taser, however she did have an extendable baton.

‘Dalian walked out of the entrance door and in direction of the officers. He mentioned “You’re going to taser me. I’m the Messiah, I’m the Messiah. You cannot hurt me”.’

‘Quite a lot of those that lived on Meadow Shut knew Dalian as a daily customer to his father’s tackle. It was clear to them that his actions had been very a lot out of character.

The probationary officer, known as Ellie, claiming she acted lawfully to protect herself and others.

The probationary officer, generally known as Ellie, claiming she acted lawfully to guard herself and others.

‘It’s totally comprehensible that at this second in time Benjamin Monk and Ellie Bettley-Smith would have been afraid for his or her security.

‘Mr Atkinson was being aggressive in direction of them, and so they had been entitled, we settle for, to take steps to subdue him.

‘There isn’t a dispute that the discharge of the third taser cartridge was instantly efficient.

‘Dalian fell into the center of the street because of experiencing neuro-muscular incapacitation.

‘Quite a lot of witnesses then noticed Benjamin Monk kick Dalian Atkinson to the pinnacle.

‘We all know that Benjamin Monk kicked Mr Atkinson at the least twice to the brow with adequate drive to go away the impressions of his laces with every kick.

‘The witnesses additionally noticed Ellie Bettley-Smith take out her baton, lengthen it, and strike Dalian with it a number of instances to his physique.

‘Benjamin Monk was heard shout to Ellie Bettley-Smith “F**king hit him, f**king hit him”, which she did.’

The courtroom heard when colleagues arrived on the scene they noticed Monk along with his foot on Atkinson’s head whereas he lay unresponsive and making ‘gurgling sounds’.

Mr Jarvis mentioned: ‘Later, Ellie Bettley-Smith turned visibly upset when knowledgeable that Mr Atkinson had died.

‘She was interviewed by the police on two events concerning the occasions that had taken place on Meadow Shut.

‘In her second interview, she mentioned she had hit Mr Atkinson with as a lot drive as she might muster.

‘The prosecution settle for that this should have been a daunting expertise for a probationary officer within the place of Ellie Bettley-Smith.

‘Dalian Atkinson was clearly a menacing presence whose behaviour justified Benjamin Monk attempting to taser him.

Prosecutor Paul Jarvis described Mr Atkinson as a ‘clearly a menacing presence’ whose behaviour ‘justified Benjamin Monk attempting to taser him’.

‘However as soon as Mr Atkinson was now not a risk to the officers, the justification for the usage of drive in opposition to him evaporated.

‘It’s possible that Ellie Bettley-Smith lashed out, maybe in anger on the truth Mr Atkinson had scared her a lot.

‘Or maybe as a result of Benjamin Monk informed her to as a result of he was himself offended, however both approach when she hit him she was not attempting to defend both herself or Benjamin Monk or attempting to arrest Mr Atkinson.

‘That’s the reason we are saying these blows had been illegal.’

The trial was adjourned till Wednesday.

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