The ‘lenient’ sentence given to a police officer who was jailed over the death of an ex-footie star has been referred to the Attorney General by a justice campaigner.
PC Benjamin Monk was sent to prison for eight-years after being found guilty of the manslaughter of the 48-year-old retired Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson following a seven-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court last month.
Monk will serve at least two thirds of his sentence in custody before being considered for release.
The jail term prompted calls from Bishop Des Jaddoo that the sentence was “very lenient”. The social justice campaigner submitted a request to the Attorney General to review the case and appeal it to a higher court.
“Myself and others felt the eight-year sentence for manslaughter was very lenient,” Mr Jaddoo told BirminghamLive in a video shown above.
“And indeed the judge in the case in his sentencing report made it crystal clear that it’s the minimum sentence that he can give.
“Clearly it would appear that he has lessened the impact of the severity of force used against Dalian Atkinson.
“So we have submitted a request to the Attorney General that they review this sentence and consider an appeal to a higher court in order to increase the sentence.
“Clearly in this case justice has been won in terms of the conviction, however an injustice has been committed in terms of the sentence and that needs to be addressed.”
West Mercia Police officer Pc Monk arrived at the scene and confronted Mr Atkinson who allegedly referred to himself as the “Messiah” and threatened to take him to the “gates of hell.”
He fired two ineffective Taser shots before the third caused him to collapse to the floor.
Mr Jaddoo added: “The feeling I was getting from people from all walks of life was that the sentence is quite lenient.
“The mid-point sentence is 12-years but the judge reduced it to eight years and that’s the minimum term. He used the word ‘minimum’ as opposed to a ‘just or fair’ sentence.
“We believe 10 to 15 years was the better sentence and would have reflected the severity of the crime.
“The jury has now taken his uniform away and said you breached what was expected of you.”
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