The prosecutor within the trial of a policeman accused of murdering Dalian Atkinson has urged jurors to think about 5 “info” surrounding the officer’s proof – together with three allegedly displaying a “handy” lack of reminiscence.
Starting her closing handle within the sixth week of the trial of PC Benjamin Monk, Crown counsel Alexandra Healy QC claimed the constable had not been trustworthy in police interviews or throughout his account to the courtroom.
Prosecutors declare the West Mercia police officer used illegal and unreasonable pressure out of anger, previous to the loss of life of former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich City star Atkinson in August 2016.
The Crown alleges Monk murdered the retired striker by extreme use of a Taser and kicking him within the head at the least twice, intending critical hurt.
The 43-year-old has pleaded not responsible to different prices of homicide and manslaughter, whereas 31-year-old PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith denies assaulting Atkinson with a baton outdoors his father’s dwelling in Telford, after the ex-footballer made threats and smashed a window.
Addressing jurors at Birmingham Crown Courtroom on Wednesday, Ms Healy highlighted “5 info” that she stated the defence accepted “even when the defendants declare not to have the ability to bear in mind.”
Ms Healy advised the jury that Monk’s alleged lack of reminiscence of three of the info – that he kicked Atkinson at the least twice to the pinnacle, had his foot on the 48-year-old’s head when colleagues arrived, and advised others on the scene he had kicked him within the head – was “nothing greater than a barricade to shelter behind”.
The prosecutor advised the 11-strong jury panel: “These three actually necessary info are all issues that he now claims to don’t have any reminiscence of.
“Handy, you could assume, as a result of these three are info that trigger quite a lot of harm, you could assume, to his case that no matter he did was a part of an instinctive need to guard the life and limbs of them and others.”
Ms Healy added: “He was not trustworthy in his interview and he has not been trustworthy with you about his actions that morning and about his causes for it.
“Mr Monk advised his colleagues within the early hours of that morning that he had kicked Dalian Atkinson to the pinnacle.
“He expects you to imagine that when he was interviewed solely 10 days later, maybe because of the stress of the event, that that necessary element had slipped his thoughts.
“The Crown say the reality is all too obvious – Mr Monk has all the time recognized what he did… and as quickly as he turned conscious of the total penalties of his actions, he realised how damaging that admission was, and he has sought to row again from it by claiming he can now not bear in mind.”
The trial continues.