Banbury sex abuse gang 'groomed girls at parties'

From left to right - Said Saleh, Mohamed Saleh, Takudzwa Hova, Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Kagiso Manase (Clockwise from left) Said Saleh, Mohamed Saleh, Kagiso Manase, Ahmed Hassan-Sule and Takudzwa Hova were found guilty of a string of sex offences

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A gang which groomed vulnerable young girls at parties they had organised on social media has been convicted of a string of sex offences.

The group, five men and a teenager, were found guilty of subjecting the girls to offences including rape.

Attacks took place over five years on seven victims, aged 13 to 15, in cars, woods or at the defendants' homes.

A jury at Oxford Crown Court took 15 hours to consider 26 charges. The men will be sentenced on 17 April.

Det Insp Steve Raffield, from Banbury CID, said: "These offenders abused the trust of the vulnerable young victims for the purpose of their own sexual gratification.

"The girls were subject 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 verdicts were -

  • Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 21, of Glyndebourne Gardens, Banbury, was found guilty of 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault by penetration
  • Kagiso Manase, 20, of Warwick Road, Banbury, was convicted of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of sexual assault
  • Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of rape, one count of sexual activity with a child and two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was found not guilty of one count of rape
  • Mohamed Saleh, 21, of Orchard Way, Banbury, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was found not guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape
  • Said Saleh, 20, of Orchard Way, Banbury, was convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child but was found not guilty of another count
  • The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was found guilty of one count of rape
  • Alexandru Nae, 19, of Broome Way, Banbury, was acquitted of one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape

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