Dalian Atkinson: PC Benjamin Monk sacked by police

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image captionPC Benjamin Monk was recovered blameworthy of the manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson but cleared of his murder

A constabulary serviceman jailed for sidesplitting erstwhile footballer Dalian Atkinson has been sacked having "undermined nationalist confidence" successful policing.

At a disciplinary hearing, lawyers for PC Benjamin Monk said helium accepted West Mercia Police had "no alternative".

Monk had admitted his actions amounted to gross misconduct.

An earlier, transgression trial implicit Mr Atkinson's decease heard that Monk discharged his Taser 3 times and doubly kicked his unfortunate successful the head.

Friday's fast-track proceeding came aft the justice who jailed Monk ruled helium had utilized unlawful unit which "carried a precocious hazard of truly superior injury".

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image captionDalian Atkinson started his vocation astatine Ipswich Town, earlier moving to Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Aston Villa and Fenerbahçe

Monk was cleared of execution but unanimously convicted of manslaughter connected 23 June aft a nine-week trial.

Mr Atkinson, 48, a erstwhile Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town star, died successful infirmary pursuing his apprehension adjacent his puerility location successful Telford successful August 2016.

At the proceeding successful Worcester, Monk's lawyer, Patrick Gibbs QC, told Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of the West Mercia force: "It came down to the kicks and the assemblage recovered that successful the vigor of the infinitesimal helium had gone beyond what was tenable and convicted him.

"And for that it is inevitable that you volition person to disregard him."

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image captionPolice were called to Meadow Close successful Trench, Telford, connected 15 August 2016, wherever Mr Atkinson was reported to person been acting erratically

Mr Bangham, said: "It is wholly unacceptable for constabulary officers who are liable for enforcing the instrumentality to interruption it themselves.

"Given that PC Monk is present a serving prisoner, having been sentenced to a word of imprisonment of 8 years, the lone result is truthful dismissal without notice."

He added helium recognised Mr Atkinson's decease had a "clear and devastating impact" connected his family, and that Monk's behaviour had undermined nationalist assurance successful the police.

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