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Former Fulham Defender Now Behind Bars

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Briefly, Elliot Omozusi looked to be an intriguing prospect for Fulham. At 18 years old, he made his first team debut for the Whites in the FA Cup, and broke into Premier League play at the same age.

But, gradually, he disappeared from the landscape at Fulham. Now, he's disappeared from the public.

Omozusi was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for witness intimidation.

As per London 24:

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.

And, wouldn't you know it, Omozusi is wearing a shirt that says London Fields in his mug shot. Not the most innocuous of garbs.

While still with Fulham, Omozusi enjoyed loan stints while still in his teens at Norwich City and Charlton Athletic. In 2010, after a curiously lengthy period of availability on a free, he was signed by Leyton Orient, where he's played since.

It was viewed with curiosity when Omozusi virtually disappeared from relevance at Fulham between blinks. But, as today's sentencing shows, there's often more than meets the eye, and it's entirely possible that Omozusi's off-field antics derailed his once-promising future with Fulham.

On Saturday, Omozusi was on the bench for Leyton Orient. When he next comes that close to the pitch is anyone's guess.