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Football star's brother jailed for serious assault

PUBLISHED: 16:27 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010

A THUG who left a man partially blind after a brutal and terrifying assault was sentenced to six years in jail on Monday after being extradited from Australia. Sean Cahill, brother of Everton FC and Australian international footballer Tim Cahill, was

A THUG who left a man partially blind after a 'brutal and terrifying' assault was sentenced to six years in jail on Monday after being extradited from Australia.

Sean Cahill, brother of Everton FC and Australian international footballer Tim Cahill, was convicted of grievous bodily harm at Croydon Crown Court for attacking Chris Stapely, from Orpington, on July 11, 2004.

Cahill, 29, of Ravensbourne Road, Bromley, repeatedly kicked victim Mr Stapely in the head near a taxi office in East Street leaving him semi-conscious with fractured teeth and a severed retina in his right eye.

Mr Stapely now faces a life of impaired vision and can no longer carry on his career as a quantity surveyor.

Coward Cahill repeatedly denied attacking Mr Stapely and even absconded to his home country Australia before he was arrested in Sydney in March last year.

Detective Constable Will Hope from Bromley Police said: "Mr Stapely has waited over three and a half years to see justice for what was a brutal and terrifying assault.

"Cahill denied his involvement, even in the face of compelling forensic evidence. His sentence today is a vindication of all the efforts taken to bring him to court to stand trial".

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