Brother of murder victim Jay Abatan to meet with Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

Jay Abatan

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A MAN whose brother was killed is meeting with police chiefs in a bid to reopen the case.

Michael Abatan will meet Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne as he rallies for support in his campaign for justice.

His brother, Jay Abatan, was attacked outside a Brighton nightclub in January 1999.

The 42-year-old tax specialist, from Eastbourne, was assaulted while waiting for a taxi outside the now closed Ocean Rooms while on a night out with his brother.

The father of two, who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, hit his head on the pavement and suffered a fractured skull, dying later in hospital.

Mr Abatan feels justice has not been done. He is calling for a new public inquiry into the case and wants to take up the issue with the Home Secretary.

Mr Abatan, who leads the Justice For Jay Campaign, is upset after hearing that a police officer was at the nightclub that evening.

Detective Superintendent Nick May said: “There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a serving police officer was among his attackers. The initial investigation into Mr Abatan’s death has been subject to considerable, well-documented scrutiny.

“Its shortcomings, for which former chief constable Joe Edwards personally apologised to Jay’s family in 2005, were highlighted in an independent review that resulted in the second investigation and review. At their request, the family were provided with a detailed account of this investigation.

“There has never been any suggestion by the independent reviews or the coroner of institutional racism.”

The force has completely updated and reorganised the way it investigates both major crime and critical incidents since 1999, Mr May said.

He added: “Significant changes to our investigative practices include a dedicated major crime team, accredited senior investigating officers and trained family liaison officers.

“Sussex Police has accepted that mistakes were made during the initial investigation into the unlawful killing of Jay Abatan, and regret that nobody has yet been convicted of this cowardly attack, even though two men were charged in connection with it.”

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9:57am Thu 14 Aug 14

Watchdog50 says...

This is somewhat different to what was reported yesterday when anyone reading could have been forgiven for believing that the police officer whom Mr Abatan claimed was present was actually implicated in the assault. Now it is reported that there was simply a police officer IN the nightclub at the time. I'd suggest that there were probably several. What difference does it make? Police officers DO have a life outside the police you know. There may have been doctors, nurses or paramedics in the nightclub. Would it be reasonable for Mr Abatan to suggest that they were derelict in their response and that by association the NHS was somehow to blame for his brother's sad death. Of course it wouldn't. However, it seems to be okay to blame the police.

There's a significant chasm between yesterday's report and this one and I suspect that he police have had words with either Mr Abatan or The Argus. Words such as 'libel', 'court' and 'damages'. I can think of no other reason for such a dramatic downturn.
This is somewhat different to what was reported yesterday when anyone reading could have been forgiven for believing that the police officer whom Mr Abatan claimed was present was actually implicated in the assault. Now it is reported that there was simply a police officer IN the nightclub at the time. I'd suggest that there were probably several. What difference does it make? Police officers DO have a life outside the police you know. There may have been doctors, nurses or paramedics in the nightclub. Would it be reasonable for Mr Abatan to suggest that they were derelict in their response and that by association the NHS was somehow to blame for his brother's sad death. Of course it wouldn't. However, it seems to be okay to blame the police. There's a significant chasm between yesterday's report and this one and I suspect that he police have had words with either Mr Abatan or The Argus. Words such as 'libel', 'court' and 'damages'. I can think of no other reason for such a dramatic downturn. Watchdog50
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10:25am Thu 14 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

"This is somewhat different to what was reported yesterday when anyone reading could have been forgiven for believing that the police officer whom Mr Abatan claimed was present was actually implicated in the assault."

They would have been showing a lack of comprehension if they had. The last report stated:

"The revelation that a police officer WAS WITH THE GROUP on the night that they attacked my brother and I makes the handling of this case all the more reprehensible."

The report also named the two suspects who attacked his brother, neither of whom is a police officer.

The fact remains that a police officer was connected due to his friendship with the attackers.

It was odd, too, for DS May to state:

"There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a serving police officer was among his attackers."

at the very beginning of his reported statement, as though that was the main item of the complaint.

It isn't. Michael is questioning the entire investigation, because he only learned of the presence of a police officer much later.
"This is somewhat different to what was reported yesterday when anyone reading could have been forgiven for believing that the police officer whom Mr Abatan claimed was present was actually implicated in the assault." They would have been showing a lack of comprehension if they had. The last report stated: "The revelation that a police officer WAS WITH THE GROUP on the night that they attacked my brother and I makes the handling of this case all the more reprehensible." The report also named the two suspects who attacked his brother, neither of whom is a police officer. The fact remains that a police officer was connected due to his friendship with the attackers. It was odd, too, for DS May to state: "There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a serving police officer was among his attackers." at the very beginning of his reported statement, as though that was the main item of the complaint. It isn't. Michael is questioning the entire investigation, because he only learned of the presence of a police officer much later. stevo!!
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12:25pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Gaz Scott says...

Could we please all stop feeding the troll please. Relying to Stevo or giving thumbs up or down on his comments is what he's after. There have been plenty on threads where he revels in getting bad feedback and this gives the game away. I used to post on here a lot more but now the trolls have taken over it's pointless. Let's reclaim the forum from the trolls. I've noticed some people have stopped replying to his purposely provocative posts but let's make it everyone and show him we won't let trolls ruin the forum.
Could we please all stop feeding the troll please. Relying to Stevo or giving thumbs up or down on his comments is what he's after. There have been plenty on threads where he revels in getting bad feedback and this gives the game away. I used to post on here a lot more but now the trolls have taken over it's pointless. Let's reclaim the forum from the trolls. I've noticed some people have stopped replying to his purposely provocative posts but let's make it everyone and show him we won't let trolls ruin the forum. Gaz Scott
  • Score: 158

12:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Gaz Scott wrote:
Could we please all stop feeding the troll please. Relying to Stevo or giving thumbs up or down on his comments is what he's after. There have been plenty on threads where he revels in getting bad feedback and this gives the game away. I used to post on here a lot more but now the trolls have taken over it's pointless. Let's reclaim the forum from the trolls. I've noticed some people have stopped replying to his purposely provocative posts but let's make it everyone and show him we won't let trolls ruin the forum.
Only one person has trolled this thread, Gaz....you.

If the topics are too advanced for you to discus, there's no need for you to tell us. Just ignore them.

HTH
[quote][p][bold]Gaz Scott[/bold] wrote: Could we please all stop feeding the troll please. Relying to Stevo or giving thumbs up or down on his comments is what he's after. There have been plenty on threads where he revels in getting bad feedback and this gives the game away. I used to post on here a lot more but now the trolls have taken over it's pointless. Let's reclaim the forum from the trolls. I've noticed some people have stopped replying to his purposely provocative posts but let's make it everyone and show him we won't let trolls ruin the forum.[/p][/quote]Only one person has trolled this thread, Gaz....you. If the topics are too advanced for you to discus, there's no need for you to tell us. Just ignore them. HTH stevo!!
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3:56pm Thu 14 Aug 14

hellohonkytonks says...

Gaz Scott wrote:
Could we please all stop feeding the troll please. Relying to Stevo or giving thumbs up or down on his comments is what he's after. There have been plenty on threads where he revels in getting bad feedback and this gives the game away. I used to post on here a lot more but now the trolls have taken over it's pointless. Let's reclaim the forum from the trolls. I've noticed some people have stopped replying to his purposely provocative posts but let's make it everyone and show him we won't let trolls ruin the forum.
What because he doesn't agree with your views? So that makes you a troll in his eyes.Wouldn't it be nice to have only people that agreed with your views posting.Its never going to happen
[quote][p][bold]Gaz Scott[/bold] wrote: Could we please all stop feeding the troll please. Relying to Stevo or giving thumbs up or down on his comments is what he's after. There have been plenty on threads where he revels in getting bad feedback and this gives the game away. I used to post on here a lot more but now the trolls have taken over it's pointless. Let's reclaim the forum from the trolls. I've noticed some people have stopped replying to his purposely provocative posts but let's make it everyone and show him we won't let trolls ruin the forum.[/p][/quote]What because he doesn't agree with your views? So that makes you a troll in his eyes.Wouldn't it be nice to have only people that agreed with your views posting.Its never going to happen hellohonkytonks
  • Score: -108

5:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Bsxking1 says...

There has never been so much corruption within the police force I wouldn't be surprised if they knew more than they say
There has never been so much corruption within the police force I wouldn't be surprised if they knew more than they say Bsxking1
  • Score: -171

1:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

I have to thank 315 for giving me the biggest score I've ever had of people admitting that I'm right.
I have to thank 315 for giving me the biggest score I've ever had of people admitting that I'm right. stevo!!
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2:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

stevo!! wrote:
I have to thank 315 for giving me the biggest score I've ever had of people admitting that I'm right.
It was a minus score.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: I have to thank 315 for giving me the biggest score I've ever had of people admitting that I'm right.[/p][/quote]It was a minus score. notslimjim
  • Score: -12

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