A POLICE officer who tasered Dalian Atkinson was heard telling a paramedic “he may be a bit bloody as I have had to kick him”, a court heard today.
Mark Bedford told Birmingham Crown Court he heard his colleague, PC Benjamin Monk, make the comment.
Footballer Dalian AtkinsonCredit: PA
PC Benjamin Monk denies murder and manslaughterCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Mr Bedford, who has since left West Mercia Police, and PC Jade North were first to arrive after an emergency call from PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith.
Dalian, 48, died in 2016 after the incident near the ex-Aston Villa star’s father’s home in Telford, Shropshire.
PC Benjamin Monk denies murder and manslaughter. PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith denies assault.
After he pulled up in Meadow Close, Mr Bedford said he saw PC Bettley-Smith use a baton to hit Dalian three times.
‘I HAVE GOT HIM DOWN’
In police radio exchanges played to the court, Bettley-Smith is heard telling colleagues to ‘get here ASAP’ after Dalian was tasered.
Just 30 seconds before Mr Bedford arrived, PC Monk radioed: “I have got him down. I have got him down. Keep them coming.”
Mr Bedford told the court that as he arrived Dalian was lying ‘prone’ with his right arm underneath him.
PC Monk was at his head with a taser in his hand and PC Bettley-Smith had her back to him, the court heard.
I saw her give him three strikes, I would estimate to the waist
He said he saw PC Bettley-Smith’s baton was extended, adding: “I saw her give him three strikes, I would estimate to the waist.”
As he and his colleague ran to the scene, he saw Mr Atkinson wasn’t handcuffed and had taser wires coming from his body.
He then saw Mr Atkinson’s left hand “move slowly towards the wires”and said the movement convinced him Mr Atkinson still “posed a threat”.
But later he admitted he couldn’t say if the movement he saw was voluntary or involuntary.
He told the court that he then knelt at Mr Atkinson’s back and took control of his right arm, using two hands to yank it out from under his body.
He said three other officers were trying to get control of Mr Atkinson’s left arm, adding: “PC North struck him to his arm with her baton to help control his left arm.”
He applied handcuffs to Mr Atkinson and then: “I remember there was a sound like my four year old snoring.”
“Checks began on his well-being. Dalian Atkinson was just lying there. We tried to get a response but at that point we determined he was unresponsive. I then chatted on the radio to get an ambulance ASAP.”
When the paramedics arrived, he said: “PC Monk mentioned that he had kicked Mr Atkinson but I can’t remember the exact words.”
He confirmed he recalled PC Monk saying: “He may be a bit bloody as I have had to kick him.”
Mr Bedford was asked to follow the ambulance to hospital and saw the paramedics rushing the stretcher into the resuscitation room.
He watched as they tried and failed for 30 minutes to revive him before they made a map of the injuries visible on his body.
The trial continues.
A police officer is accused of murdering ex-Aston Villa star Dalian AtkinsonCredit: Getty – Contributor
Officers had been called to Atkinson’s father’s home, where they fired the TaserCredit: PA:Press Association
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