Former Manchester City striker Kelvin Etuhu caught on CCTV kicking man in the head THREE times
3rd Sep 2013
Former Premier League footballer Kelvin Etuhu was jailed for eight months today for a drunken street brawl which left a man with a broken jaw.
The Manchester City striker, 22, attacked Owen Fitzpatrick following a dispute in a casino cocktail bar, Warrington Crown Court heard.Former Manchester City footballer Kelvin Etuhu has been jailed for eight months for a drunken street brawl which left a man with a broken jaw.
The striker, 22, attacked Owen Fitzpatrick following a dispute in a casino cocktail bar, Warrington Crown Court heard.
The six-foot footballer was caught on camera kicking the victim three times on the ground after he floored him with a punch.
The fight broke out after two groups of clubgoers had earlier squared up in the Manchester 235 Casino in the early hours of February 28 last year.
Etuhu previously pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray and was sentenced by Judge David Hale at Warrington on Thursday.
Etuhu, of Abbeycroft Close, Astley, Wigan, looked to the floor as Judge Hale told him: “You brought yourself up by your bootstraps, you and your family, having come here from Nigeria with nothing but your talent, grit and determination. That is a great credit to you and your family and you have blown it.”
Earlier, the court was told Etuhu had been released from his contract at Manchester City, in part due to the criminal proceedings.
Peter Cadwallader, for the prosecution, said the violence resulted from a “very minor” dispute inside the casino which ended when Mr Fitzpatrick, 24, and two friends were asked to leave the venue. The three men then waited outside for Etuhu and his friend Rico Richards, 27, to emerge.
The footballer, who was drunk, came out of the casino a short time later, followed by sober Richards, and “completely lost the plot”, Mr Cadwallader said. The player felled Mr Fitzpatrick with a single punch and, when he was on the ground, kicked him three times and inflicted the broken jaw.
John Broadley, defending Etuhu, said in mitigation that the footballer had not gone out that night “looking for trouble”. Etuhu, wearing a white shirt and black suit and tie, was jailed for eight months concurrently for both offences.