07 November 2019 16:38
A police constable has appeared in court charged with the murder of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, who died after being Tasered near his father's home in Telford in 2016. The West Mercia Police officer appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday, along with a colleague who has been accused of assault causing actual bodily harm. Both officers appeared before a deputy district judge and were not asked their name, address or date of birth. Instead, they were referred to in court as Constables A and B. Constable B indicated a not guilty plea to a charge of assault and she was granted bail to appear at Birmingham Crown Court later on Thursday.
Constable A was remanded in custody to appear at the same hearing and he was not asked to indicate a plea. Jenny Hopkins, from the CPS, said in a statement earlier on Thursday: "Following the death of Dalian Atkinson in Telford on August 15, 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised a charge of murder against a West Mercia police constable. "A second police constable, from the same force, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH). "Mr Atkinson's family has been informed. "This decision was made following a careful review of all the evidence presented to us by the Independent Office for Police Conduct following an investigation."