Leyton Orient defender sacked following jail sentence for intimidating witness in Hackney schoolgirl murder trial
PUBLISHED: 14:53 24 November 2011
Leyton Orient has sacked a top player after he was jailed for intimidating a witness who helped convict the killers of Hackney schoolgirl Agnes Sina-Inakoju.
Defender Elliot Omozusi has been dropped by the Os after he was sentenced to two and half years in prison for witness revenge.
The club announced today (Thursday): “Following the recent conviction of Elliot Omozusi and subsequent prison sentence of 30 months, the club has reviewed its legal position and terminated the contract of the defender.”
Omozusi, of Chafford Hundred, in Grays, Essex, played 50 league games for the O’s, but lived a double life as a member of Hackney’s London Fields Boys gang.
The 22-year-old was convicted alongside Jamal Francis, 21, of Navarino Road, and Shane Drew, 22, of Welshpool Street, Hackney, at Snaresbrook Crown Court for a intimidating an 18-year-old witness who gave key evidence in the trial of Leon Dunkley and Mohammed Smoured.
The London Fields Boys members, both 22, were jailed for life last April for the murder of 16-year-old Agnes inside the Hoxton Chicken and Pizza takeaway.
Omozusi was voted Orient’s player of the year in 2010. The last game he played for the club was in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United in October.
The O’s boss Russell Slade said following Omozusi’s trial: “I’m really disappointed to be honest.
“He was a key player for us last season, it’s upsetting all round.
“I like to think that we breed ourselves on team spirit and togetherness and all those qualities that go into making a football club successful.
“But we have lost him now and we are going to have to move on.”
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