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Dalian Atkinson: Police officer denies murdering ex-Premier League footballer | UK News

A police officer has denied the murder and manslaughter of former Premier League footballer Dalian Atkinson.

The trial of PC Benjamin Monk, West Mercia Police, is due to open next week at Birmingham Crown Court.

Monk, 42, spoke out to deny the two charges against him at a hearing on Monday, ahead of jury selection in his case.

Prosecutor Alexandra Healy QC told the same court last week that opening jury speeches were due on May 4.

Monk was charged in 2019 with murder and another charge of manslaughter after an investigation into Mr Atkinson’s death in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire.

Constable’s colleague PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, is also expected to be charged with assault.

She has previously pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging assaulting Mr. Atkinson causing actual bodily harm to him prior to his death on August 15, 2016.

The 48-year-old former striker has played for several clubs including Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-26 13:49:00