Oxford men sentenced for abusing teenager

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Two men have each been given two years and three months in a detention centre for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Iztullah Qudrat, 19, of High Cross Way, Oxford, admitted engaging in sexual activity with the boy in toilets in Bury Knowle Park in the city.

Ghausel Tarakhail, 20, of Cowley Road, Oxford, admitted inciting the victim to engage in sexual activity.

The men were placed on the sex offender register for 10 years when they appeared at Oxford Crown Court.

They were also given a sex offender prevention order for five years.

The incidents took place between April and July.

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