Berkshire

Two Slough men guilty of child sex offences

Two men have been convicted of a number of sexual offences against three girls.

Esmatullah Haidaree, 45, of Farm Crescent, Slough, and Azim Ahmed, 23, of Diamond Road, Slough, were convicted at Reading Crown Court.

Haidaree was found guilty of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four counts of sexual assault and Ahmed was convicted of five counts of sexual activity with a child.

Both had denied the offences, which were committed in 2013.

Sentencing is due to take place in February.

'Vicious sexual predators'

The pair were arrested in May and June last year following an investigation by Thames Valley Police's Child Abuse Investigation Unit.

They were charged in March this year in relation to incidents involving three girls aged 14 and 15.

During the early hours of Sunday, 7 April 2013, the police were contacted by a member of the public who reported that two girls were in a flat in Slough sleeping on a spare mattress.

Police said they discovered that the girls, along with a third victim, had been abused by Haideree and Ahmed.

Det Sgt Richard Jarvis, officer in the case, thanked the girls for their "absolute bravery" in giving evidence at court.

"The actions of these two men were truly appalling," said Adrian Foster, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service.

"They are nothing less than vicious sexual predators.

"The jury saw through their fabrications and they must now face full responsibility for their despicable behaviour."

Ahmed was found not guilty on one count of sexual activity with a child under 13 and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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