London Fields Boys gang members jailed over revenge bid on Hackney murder witness

Leyton Orient player among those jailed over intimidation of witness who helped convict the killers of Hoxton schoolgirl Agnes Sina-Inakoju

A professional footballer exposed as a Hackney gang member has been jailed over a bid to take revenge on a hero witness who helped convict the killers of schoolgirl Agnes Sina-Inakoju.

Elliot Omozusi’s career lay in tatters on Thursday after he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

The Leyton Orient defender, 22, was among a group of youths who chased a teenager for giving evidence against two fellow London Fields Boys members.

Leon Dunkley and Mohammed Smoured, both 22, were jailed for 32 years in April for the murder of 16-year-old Agnes at the Hoxton Chicken and Pizza Shop.

An 18-year-old witness, who cannot be named, gave crucial evidence at the trial. His family were then moved and given new identities.

But a chance encounter with Omozusi and five other gang members outside Liverpool’s Zoo nightclub in the early hours of May 15, left him fearing for his life, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

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Jamal Francis, 21, of Navarino Road, was jailed for two and half years for witness revenge and Shane Drew, 22, of Welshpool Street, was jailed for three.

Detective Inspector Neil Attewell, from Trident, 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.”

Jurors cleared former England youth international Bradley Woods-Garness, 25, of the witness revenge charge.

Andre Osbourne, 20, of Baddow Close, in Woodford Green and 23-year-old Nash Walsh-Drew, of Burrage Road, in Woolwich, were also cleared.