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Banbury child sex exploitation: Five guilty as jury still deliberate

Five men have been found guilty of a string of sexual offences against girls in Banbury over a period of five years.

A jury at Oxford Crown Court returned partial guilty and not guilty verdicts in the trial of six men and one 17-year-old.

The jury is due to decide on eight more counts on Friday.

The abuse involved eight girls, aged 13-15, and took place in Spiceball Park and other areas between 2009 and 2014, the court heard.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 20, of Glyndebourne Gardens, Banbury, was found guilty of 11 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault by penetration.

Mohamed Saleh, aged 21, of Orchard Way, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and not guilty of one count of the same offence.

Takudzwa Hova, aged 21, of Broughton Road, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of rape.

Kagiso Manase, aged 20, of Warwick Road, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of sexual assault.

Alexandru Nae, aged 19, of Broome Way, Banbury, was found not guilty of sexual activity with a child.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of rape.

Said Saleh, 20, of Orchard Way Banbury, was found not guilty of sexual activity with a child.

The jury still has to decide on two counts of sexual activity with a child against Ahmed Hassan-Sule and one count of this offence against Said Saleh.

Mohamed Saleh still faces one count of rape of a girl under 16 and one count of sexual activity.

Takudzwa Hova faces one count of sexual activity with a child, two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of rape.

Kagiso Manase faces two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of sexual assault.

Alexandru Nae faces one count of rape.

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