Five men and a teenage boy convicted of child sexual exploitation offences - Banbury

06/03/2015

Five men and a teenage boy were convicted at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 06 March 2015, of child sexual exploitation offences in Banbury.

They were found guilty by jury following an eight week trial.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, aged 21, of Gyndebourne Gardens, Highlands, Banbury, was found guilty of 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault by penetration.

Mohamed Saleh, aged 22, of Orchard Way, Northrop, Banbury, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was acquitted of a further count of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape.

Said Saleh, aged 20, also of Orchard Way, Northrop, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. He was acquitted of a further count of sexual activity with a child.

Takudzwa Hova, aged 21, of Merton Street, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child, two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of rape. He was acquitted of a further count of rape.

Kagiso Manase, aged 25, of Warwick Road, Banbury, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, two count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of sexual assault.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of one count of rape.

Alexandru Nae, aged 19, of Broome Way, Banbury, was acquitted of one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape.

The defendants contacted the victims through social media and meetings before sexual offences were committed against them.

The offences took place from 2009 to 2014 in and around the areas of Banbury and Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "The abuse these girls were subjected to was truly appalling. No-one, let alone a child, should ever be exploited as these young victims were. I thank all who bravely came forward to provide evidence for the prosecution. You have enabled your abusers to face trial and be brought to justice.

"The victims, who were aged between 12 and 16, were actively targeted between September 2009 and March 2014 and groomed via social media including Facebook and WhatsApp.  Once befriended, sexual relationships were established before the girls were used and abused for the sexual gratification of the defendants and others.  A number of tactics were deployed to ensure compliance namely the use of power, evoking of guilt and threats or use of violence.

"The men, who were aged between 16 and 25, have failed to accept any responsibility for their actions. They are nothing less than sexual predators.  The jury saw through their fabrications and they must now face full responsibility for their actions. I thank the jury too for their careful attention and deliberation in this case.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has made tackling child sexual abuse a national priority. In 2013, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced a radical programme of work in this area to ensure that police and prosecutors deliver justice for more victims than ever before. We are becoming increasingly adept at securing convictions and delivering justice for victims.

"In this case we worked closely with Thames Valley Police from early in the investigation to help build the strongest possible prosecution case. Their investigators, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and caseworkers have worked tirelessly to bring this difficult prosecution to court.

"I urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report their abuse.  We will support you in giving evidence so that your attackers can be brought to justice and others like you can be saved from the horrific ordeal of abuse.  I hope that today's verdicts provide some comfort for the victims of this case and for their families, and helps them to move on and rebuild their lives.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Steve Raffield, from Banbury Force CID, said: "These offenders abused the trust of the vulnerable young victims for the purpose of their own sexual gratification.

"The girls were subjected to horrific sexual offences including, in some cases, rape at the hands of these defendants. These horrific crimes will have a lasting impact upon the victims' lives.

"The fact that the offenders maintained they were not guilty of the offences resulted in the victims having to relive their experiences by giving evidence in court.

"I would like to thank the victims for the courage they have shown in doing this, which has resulted in today's convictions."

The five men and the teenage boy are all due to be sentenced at Oxford crown Court on Friday, 17 April 2015.