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Former Aston Villa striker, Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered and kicked in the streets, jury hears

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Former Aston Villa striker, Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered and kicked in the streets, jury hears

Former Aston Villa striker, Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered three times and kicked at least twice to the head by an “angry” police officer, a murder trial jury has heard.

 

On Tuesday, May 4, the jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk denies the murder and manslaughter of the 48-year-old former footballer, who played for a number of clubs, including Aston Villa, Manchester City, Ipswich Town, and Sheffield Wednesday.

 

Monk is alleged to have fired a Taser weapon at Atkinson for 33 seconds, or more than six times longer than the standard five-second phase, and while he was on the ground and apparently unresponsive, kicked him in the head twice with such force the imprint of Monk’s laces were left on Atkinson’s forehead.

 

Another officer, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, is charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, which she denies. She is alleged to have struck Atkinson with a baton while he was on the ground.
 

A jury at Birmingham crown court heard the prosecutor Alexandra Healy QC open the case against the 42-year-old officer, who was charged after a three-year inquiry into Mr. Atkinson’s death in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire,

 

She said concerned neighbours had called police, with Atkinson shouting and his behaviour described as bizarre and erratic. Monk had used a Taser stun gun on Atkinson twice without any obvious effect, and fired the electric stun gun a third time, which felled the former footballer to the ground in the street outside his father’s home.

 

Healy said: “PC Monk also proceeded to kick Dalian Atkinson. At least two kicks were delivered by him to Dalian Atkinson’s forehead with enough force to leave the imprints of the pattern of the laces from the top of his boot on two separate areas of Mr Atkinson’s forehead.

“A number of neighbours living in Meadow Close witnessed this attack. Their view was that once Dalian Atkinson had fallen to the ground he was unresponsive and still. He was no longer posing any threat to the officers. Nonetheless the two officers set about him.”

 

Healy said Atkinson had underlying health problems including end stage renal failure, and about 1.30am had gone to his father’s home in Meadow Close and his shouting in the street had awoken neighbours, who called the police.

 

The officers had knocked on the door of Atkinson’s father’s home. Atkinson had answered the door and claimed to be the messiah.

 

Healy said: “On the night of Sunday 14th and early hours of Monday 15th August 2016 Dalian Atkinson’s behaviour was disturbed and erratic.

 

“They were confronted with a man who was clearly acting in a disturbed and erratic way. They were entitled to use reasonable force to defend themselves or to protect another.

 

“The prosecution do not criticise their conduct prior to the discharge of the third Taser cartridge.

 

“However, when the deployment of the third cartridge was completely effective, causing Dalian Atkinson to experience neuromuscular incapacitation and fall to the ground, the prosecution say it was not reasonable to continue to depress the Taser for 33 seconds.

 

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“In kicking Dalian Atkinson in the head not once, but on two separate occasions, PC Monk was not, the prosecution say, acting in self-defence or in defence of another. He was no doubt angry that he had been put in fear by this man.

 

“He chose to take that anger out on Dalian Atkinson by kicking him in the head. PC Monk was an experienced police officer. His training had taught him and it is obvious that the head is a sensitive area. In kicking Dalian Atkinson to the head PC Monk can only have intended to cause really serious injury.”

 

Healy told the jury that the former footballer was pronounced dead shortly afterwards: “An ambulance was called to the scene. Whilst this is a matter of routine when a Taser has been deployed, Dalian Atkinson had lost consciousness and was unresponsive before the ambulance arrived.

 

“Towards the end of the short ambulance journey to hospital Dalian Atkinson went into cardiac arrest. Despite the best efforts of the hospital staff who attempted to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at 2.45am.

 

“The pathologists and intensive care expert instructed by the prosecution agree that whilst his underlying health conditions meant that Dalian Atkinson was at a greatly increased risk of dying, were it not for the third Taser deployment and the kicks to his head, Dalian Atkinson would not have died that night.”

 

Monk’s colleague, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, is also facing trial charged with assault. She has pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging she assaulted Mr. Atkinson occasioning actual bodily harm before his death on August 15, 2016.

 

Addressing Bettley-Smith’s alleged role, Ms. Healy claimed the younger officer had struck Mr. Atkinson, whilst he was lying on the ground, a number of times with her baton.

 

The prosecutor added of Monk: “In kicking Dalian Atkinson in the head not once, but on two separate occasions, PC Monk was not, the prosecution say, acting in self-defence or in defence of another.

 

“He was no doubt angry that he had been put in fear by this man. He chose to take that anger out on Dalian Atkinson by kicking him in the head.

 

“His training will have taught him, and it is obvious, that the head is a sensitive area. In kicking Dalian Atkinson to the head PC Monk can only, the prosecution say, have only intended to cause really serious injury.”

 

The trial of the two police officers is being heard before a jury of 12 people with two alternates, and presided over by the recorder of Birmingham, Judge Melbourne Inman.

 

Atkinson achieved fame as a striker for Aston Villa football club, which is based in Birmingham. He retired from football in 2001.

 

The trial continues.

 

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Two Chibok girls graduate from US university, 7 years after escaping Boko Haram (video)

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Two Chibok girls graduate from US university, 7 years after escaping Boko Haram (video)

Former students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu have graduated from Southeastern University in the United States after escaping from Boko Haram terrorists in 2014.

 

While Bishara graduated with a degree in social work, Pogu earned her degree in legal studies and graduated on April 30.

 

Recounting how they escaped from the terrorists after being kidnapped alongside 276 schoolgirls, the duo said they escaped by jumping off the truck while being driven away from their community by the terrorists. 

 

Recounting their ordeal, Bishara told GMA3; 

 

“I remember thinking about what my mum would do at that moment then I prayed. I just remembered a voice in my head saying ‘jump out’. I knew I was going to die either way. I chose to die and that was how I jumped out.”

 

On how she felt the day she graduated, Bishara said; 

 

 “It was awesome, I felt great. I remember being told that I wasn’t going to be able to finish high school; that I was dumb. I never gave up or listened to all the negative talks. It was exciting to walk on that stage after being told ‘you can’t do it’.”

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Pogu who also shared her story, said she had decided against going back to school after her escape until she was contacted by the US embassy.

 

Narrating how things turned around her, she added; 

 

“I’m now trying to get my masters in human services and going back to law school when I’m done with my masters.”

 

Watch the video below…….

 

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Mixed Reactions After Victor AD Accused Davido Of Stealing His Track ‘Jowo’

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According to reports on social media, Victor AD made these accusations against Davido in an interview on Hip TV. He further told the host that he recorded the track together with Davido but only realized Davido has put his track ‘Jowo’ on his tracklists after his album, “A better time” was officially launched.

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According to Victor AD, after they were done recording the song, he was shocked to see the track ‘jowo’ on Davido’s ABT without his consent and also without the consent of his management. Victor stated that when he confronted Davido, he blocked him from all his social media pages and threatened to ruin him.

“Victor AD just confirmed davido stole his record “Jowo” according to AD; OBO heard d song after they recorded “Tire You”. He was surprised to see d song on ABT without him/his mgt consent; He said davido blocked him on Socials & threatened to ruin him. This is wickedness” one of his fans wrote o Twitter.

However, there have been mixed reactions to the allegations leveled against Davido. Some social media users have called Davido names, while others have also pleaded to hear the side of Davido.

Read some comments below….

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@Lucy chioma: Nigeria and judgment without hearing from the both sides. Anti Davido everywhere. He said Davido threatened him and blocked him on social platforms, why haven’t he done this interview since but wait for now he is celebrating his 10 years in the industry.

@davido world wide: Victor Ad no doesn’t sing Love songs

@Jerry Kelvin: All the hit davido has its all written by someone else he has never written a reasonable song of his own what a shame.

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@Thuglife assistant: So Davido dey sign upcoming artiste just to destroy their Talent?

@Intellectual Abgero: Davido stole Jowo from Victor AD abi wetin dem day call am? What kinda ludicrous statement is that? Clout chasing is nice and has some kinda dividends, but at least person suppose use sense chase clout. Just like Dammy Krane saying Wiz stole “Baba Nla” from him, funny kids.

Source: www.ghgossip.com

. Mixed Reactions After Victor AD Accused Davido Of Stealing His Track ‘Jowo’ Follow GhGossip.

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Adele’s estranged dad, Mark Evans dies aged 57 after battle with cancer

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Adele?s estranged dad, Mark Evans dies aged 57 after battle with cancer

Grammy Award winning singer, Adele’s father has died at 57 after years of disputes and public rows.

Adele, 33, has previously spoken of her fractured relationship with dad, Mark Evans, who had been suffering from cancer.

Mark walked out on Adele’s mother Penny when Adele was three and returned to his native Wales.

 

Adele?s estranged dad, Mark Evans dies aged 57 after battle with cancer

In 2017 Adele infamously told the audience during her Grammys speech;

“Thank you to my manager because the comeback, as it were, was completely masterminded by him.

“And you executed it incredibly, and I owe you everything.

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“We’ve been together for ten years, and I love you like you’re my dad. I love you so, so much.

“I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”

 

Mark once claimed that he and his daughter had made up and shared a drink around the time of her Adele Live tour to support her ­second album 21. But she later denied this.

A source said: “Mark’s family are of course very upset by his passing. He always hoped things would work out with Adele, but it remained acrimonious to the end.

“He made a few attempts to make things right, but clearly it had been too long.”

In 2013 he revealed he was battling bowel cancer and feared he would never meet his grandson, Angelo — Adele’s son with charity entrepreneur Simon Konecki, who she divorced in March.

 

 

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