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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Police labelled a ‘gang member’ a professional footballer in League One, after he was convicted of intimidating a witness in a murder trial.
Elliot Omozusi was one of three men found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (Thursday).
He plays in defence for Leyton Orient FC, having joined in 2010 from Premier League Fulham.
The court heard the 22-year-old was part of a gang which chased the victim through streets in Liverpool, following a chance encounter at a night club, in May.
The victim had helped convict four suspects involved in the death of Agnes Sina-Inakoju, a 16-year-old girl.
She was gunned down inside a food shop by a sub-machine toting pair on bicycles, in April 2010.
Police believe she was the innocent victim in a gang feud between the London Fields and Hoxton Boys gangs.
They think two men also inside the takeaway at the time were the intended targets of the attack by Leon Dunkley, 22, and Mohammed Smoured, 22.
The pair were jailed for life with the recommendation they serve 32 years for the slaying.
Two other suspects were jailed for assisting an offender and possession of a prohibited firearm.
Leyton Orient player Omozusi was wearing a black top emblazoned with a ‘London Fields’ logo when he was arrested in May by officers in Liverpool, to whom the victim had ran for protection.
Also convicted of intimidation were Shane Drew, 23, of no fixed address, and also Jamal Francis, 21, of Hackney.
Speaking after verdict, Det Insp Neil Attewell, said: “I’m very pleased at today’s convictions which show the lengths Trident go to protect witnesses and prevent gang members from trying to create a wall of silence.”