Man convicted of child sexual offences - Oxford


A man was today, Tuesday, 03 February 2015, convicted at Oxford Crown Court of a number of sexual offences against young girls.

Tilal Mahdi, aged 36, of Friars Street, Hereford, was found guilty by a jury after a two week trial of two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, conspiracy to indecently assault a girl under 16, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, and arranging or facilitating child prostitution of a child under 18.

He was found not guilty of two counts of rape and buggery.

The offences were commited against two girls, who were aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the offences, between 1996 and 2008 in the Oxford area, and other cities within England.

Mahdi was arrested in November 2014 after being issued as a wanted person by Thames Valley Police earlier in the year. He had been named by the victims as part of the Operation Bullfinch investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE).

During the trial, the court heard that although separated by twelve years,  the experiences of the young women in relation to Mahdi had been very similar.

Mahdi will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, 06 March 2015.