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Two disciplined at police hearing
Jay Abatan
Jay Abatan was an accountant with two young children
Two Sussex police inspectors who investigated the death of a man who was attacked outside a Brighton nightclub have had misconduct charges upheld.

Jay Abatan, 42, from Eastbourne, died after the assault at a taxi rank outside the Ocean Rooms club in 1999.

Detective Inspectors Andy Young and Martin Sapwell appeared at Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes.

One received two cautions while the other was given a reprimand at the disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

DI Sapwell faced four charges of which two were upheld in part while DI Young faced nine charges of which three were upheld and one upheld in part.

Michael Abatan
Michael Abatan is campaigning for justice for his brother

Mr Abatan had his life support machine turned off five days after suffering serious head injuries during the attack on 24 January 1999.

His family's complaints about how the investigation was handled eventually led to separate reviews by Essex and Avon & Somerset Police.

A statement released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after Wednesday's tribunal read: "Graphic evidence emerged that the original criminal investigation had suffered from disorganisation and was not given sufficient resources."

Mr Abatan's partner, Tanya Haynes, said: "In the officers' defence they have exposed the true nature of the horrors of this investigation and how significantly flawed it was."

Legal action

Sussex Police has not commented on the outcome of the tribunal, but has been urged by the IPCC to release full details of the Avon & Somerset report.

Deputy Chief Constable Joe Edwards will meet Mr Abatan's family to discuss the investigation and changes and improvements which have been introduced since.

Legal action against Sussex Police is still being considered though.

At a separate hearing at the beginning of 2005, a detective superintendent involved in the investigation accepted five misconduct charges against him and was fined nine days pay.

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