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Attack family appeals 10 years on

29 January 09 20:48 GMT

The family of a man who died after being attacked outside a nightclub have made a fresh appeal for witnesses on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Jay Abatan was attacked outside the Ocean Rooms in Brighton in what his family believe was a racist assault. He died five days later in hospital.

His family held a vigil outside Brighton Police Station on Thursday to mark the anniversary.

Sussex Police said the case would reviewed if new evidence came to light.

Mr Abatan, a 42-year-old accountant from Eastbourne, was attacked following a row over a taxi.

Two men were charged over the father-of-two's death but the case against them collapsed before it reached court.

One of the men committed suicide in 2003.

Mr Abatan's family claimed there were significant failings with the police investigation and two detective inspectors were later disciplined.

His brother, Michael, said the 10th anniversary of his death was a very emotional time.

"We are marking it with a vigil to pay our respects to Jay and to thank all those who have helped us over the years - even people within Sussex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service," he said.

"We also need to make sure we keep pressure on Sussex Police to find justice for Jay."

He said he had not wanted his brother's children to be involved in the case, but they were now old enough, at 17 and 15.

"I am hoping that someone who actually saw the attack and hasn't come forward before will do so.

"It is still not too late to get justice for Jay, for his kids' sake and the whole family."

Sussex Police said Mr Abatan's death remains an unresolved case.

"As such it will be subject to review in the event of any new evidence coming to light," said a spokeswoman.

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