Press Statement: Justice for Jay Campaign
Release, 31st January 2024
the 25th Anniversary of the racist murder of Jay Abatan – the
campaign going forward. Justice must be served!
Jay Abatan, a black man of mixed
Nigerian and British heritage, died on 29th January 1999, following an
unprovoked attack by a gang of white men, in the early hours of the 24th of
January in Morley Street, Brighton. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County
Hospital with significant head injuries and never regained consciousness. He
was placed on life support which was switched off five days later.
Twenty Fifth Anniversary events
29th of January 2024
was the 25th anniversary of the death of Jay and still no justice
has been served despite the killers being known to the police. This, combined
with a catalogue of failures by Sussex Police and failures in the judicial
system, mean that twenty-five years on, nobody has been convicted for Jay’s
New evidence that police officers that bungled the case
holidayed abroad with suspects has come to light yet
Sussex police have failed to act upon this.
To mark the 25th
anniversary, a well-attended vigil was
held outside Brighton Police station the
day before, on Sunday 28th of January and a meeting in the Houses of
Parliament took place on the anniversary, Monday 29th of January, launching
a pamphlet about the campaign, attended
by the Abatan family, members of
Parliament, representatives from BARAC UK, the Public and Commercial Services
Union (PCS) and Brighton and Hove Stand Up to Racism, who are part of the Justice 4 Jay Campaign,
plus representatives from various campaign groups and journalists.
Sir Peter Bottomley MP chaired
Other MPs in attendance included
Bell Ribero-Addy, Claudia Webbe, Jeremy Corbyn, Kim Johnson, Richard Burgon and
Annelise Dodd. Messages of solidarity were received from MPs who wished to
attend but were unable to, due to other business and these included Caroline
Lucas who has agreed to table an Early Day Motion, John McDonnell, Beth Winter,
Barry Gardiner, Peter Kyle and Sam Tarry.
Speakers at the meeting included
brother of Jay, who was also attacked at the same time as Jay, Michael Abatan,
Zita Holbourne, Chair of BARAC UK and Hector Wesley, PCS NEC.
Over the 48 hours, the campaign
garnered mainstream national, local and international news coverage.
Taking the campaign for
Going forward, Justice for Jay
will be stepping up the campaign to ensure that justice is served.
There will be an Early Day Motion
and a series of parliamentary questions tabled in parliament and MPs will be
writing to Sussex Police.
There will be formal complaints
lodged with the Independent Office for Police Conduct and the campaign will be
pursuing a public inquiry and an investigative inquiry as well as legal action
regarding the criminal aspects of the case which include the killing of Jay
Abatan but also the physical assault on Michael Abatan.
The Alliance for Police
Accountability are supporting the Justice for Jay campaign. A fundraiser has
been launched, administered by BARAC UK, to raise money towards legal fees.
To support the campaign:
of solidarity and information relating to the case, can be sent to:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
the Justice for Jay Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForJayAbatan
to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, calling for a new public inquiry
into the killing of Jay Abatan - firstname.lastname@example.org
the pamphlet in electronic form here; https://blackactivistsrisingagainstcuts.blogspot.com/2024/01/justice
to your MP asking them to sign the EDM 349, tabled by Caroline Lucas MP on 1st February 2024
a speaker from the campaign to your trade union / organisation AGMs, branch
meetings and conferences
Michael Abatan, brother of Jay
Abatan, Justice for Jay campaign said:
new witness coming forward shows that it is not too late to get justice for my
brother. I have been humbled by all the
support I have received and thank everyone mentioned in this statement. It has
been a long fight for the truth which is yet to come out. I will continue to
keep a clear and open mind and let the evidence speak for itself. I urge anyone
with any information to come forward and do the right thing. Injustice for one
is injustice for all”
Zita Holbourne, National Chair
BARAC UK, Justice for Jay Campaign said:
“Twenty-five years is too long for any
family to have to dedicate lives fighting for justice, it is too long to wait
to grieve. The Abatan family need and deserve answers, they need justice, and
we need to see the killers and those who helped cover up their crime, punished.
Justice must be served and we will be working as a community to support the
family in ensuring that it is.”
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org