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Kent fast food store sex exploitation accused men cleared

A group of men have been cleared of drugging and selling a girl for sex at fast food stores after the case against them collapsed.

Jurors at Canterbury Crown Court were told to find Roman Brodnar, Marion Cisar, Rene Bandy, and Josef Dirdar, not guilty of charges including rape.

Alice Kalejova and Jolana Rohalova were cleared of causing child prostitution.

On 9 March, Judge James O'Mahony said there were inconsistencies in the evidence given by the victim.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The judge directed that all defendants in this case be acquitted on all counts, after it became apparent that there were inconsistencies in the evidence given during the trial by the victim.

"The judge commended both the police and the CPS for our hard work on bringing this case to trial."

Denied charges

Roman Brodnar, 32, of Swallow Mount, Leeds, was cleared of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child, administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.

Alice Kalejova, 37, of Dover Road, Folkestone, was found not guilty of administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.

Jolana Rohalova, 40, of Brockman Road, Folkestone, was acquitted of causing child prostitution.

Marion Cisar, 20, of Athelstan Road, Folkestone, was cleared of rape, sexual activity with a child, administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.

Rene Bandy, 22, of Cheriton Road in Folkestone and Josef Dirdar, 29, of Folkestone Road, Dover, were found not guilty of rape, sexual activity with a child and causing child prostitution.

The defendants, who are of Slovakian-Roma origin, had denied the charges.

They related to the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old girl of Slovakian-Roma origin, between 2013 and 2014.

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