UK ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson dies from 33-second taser discharge

Former British professional footballer Dalian Atkinson, who notably played at Aston Villa in the 1990s, died in August 2016 at the age of 48 after receiving an electric pulse pistol discharge from police in Telford , following an incident near his father’s home. A police officer, who denies the facts, has been charged with murder and is currently on trial in a court in Birmingham, central England.

Presenting the charges against him, the representative of the prosecution, Alexandra Healy, considered that the course of events shows that the agent “was not acting under the scope of self-defense”. 42-year-old police officer Benjamin Monk “continued to pull the trigger for more than six times the length of the recommended five-second phase,” she said. In all, the discharge lasted 33 seconds.

Two kicks to the forehead

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, she said.

Dalian Atkinson had started his career with the club of Ipswich Town, before making known himself 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.

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