A WIGAN-based Premiership footballer has been jailed for assault after breaking a man’s jaw.
Kelvin Etuhu, pictured, 22, of Abbeycroft Close, Astley, admitted assault and affray charges following the violent attack outside a Manchester casino last year.
Etuhu’s friend, former Altrincham FC player, Rico Richards, was also jailed for the attack.
Shortly before 4.50am on Sunday 28 February 2010, the two victims, Owen Fitzpatrick, 24, and a 26-year-old man, were chatting to two women inside Manchester 235 casino on Watson Street.
Etuhu, who was drunk, took exception to this as one of the women was his girlfriend and he became aggressive. Security staff intervened and both parties left.
Etuhu and Richards spotted the pair and approached them.
Etuhu head-butted Mr Fitzpatrick before directing a number kicks at his head. He got to his feet and managed to walk towards the casino where he was violently assaulted by Richards, as he lay defenceless on the floor. The second victim attempted to stop the assault but was chased away by both defendants who caught up with him and he was then assaulted.
Mr Fitzpatrick suffered a fractured jaw, a cut eye and cuts and bruises to his face and body. The second victim suffered cuts and bruises to his head, face and body and was left unconscious.
The court heard that Etuhu has had his contract terminated at Manchester City. Etuhu was jailed for eight months and Richards for four years and six weeks in prison.
Visit www.wigantoday.net to see CCTV footage shown in court of the incident.