Jury hears opening statement in Banbury sex case

Oxford Crown Court
Oxford Crown Court

The trial of six men from Banbury accused of committing sex offences with underage girls has begun at Oxford Crown Court today (Monday).

Ahmed Hassan Sule, 20, of Glyndebourne Gardens, is charged with 15 counts which include sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 and assault by penetration.

Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road, is charged with five counts including sexual activity with a child under the age of 16, inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and rape.

Kagiso Manase, 20, of Warwick Road, is charged with six counts including sexual activity with a child under the age of 16, inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and sexual assault.

Alexandru Nae, 19, of Broome Way, is charged with sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 and rape.

Mohamed Salah, 21, of Orchard Way, is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Said Salah, 20, of Orchard Way, is charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

A 17-year-old boy has also been charged with rape but cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Speaking to the jury, Stuart Trimmer QC, prosecuting, said the group identified vulnerable underage girls through Fiddy Events, a group organising parties for under-18s in Banbury.

The court was told they would befriend girls using social media and subject them to a grooming process before taking them to locations in and around Banbury to commit serious sexual offences.

The court heard locations used in Banbury included the defendant’s home addresses, Spiceball Park, Princess Diana Park and People’s Park.

Mr Trimmer said: “The girls were sometimes willing participants, sometimes flattered and pleased with the attention of the group. They were young and emotionally immature. Some looking for friendship. Sadly they were identified by the defendants and used by them.

In most part the victims were not equipped to understand the nature of the real intentions of these offenders. And once into the cycle of repeated abuse had no realistic means of extracting themselves from the activities.”

The trial, expected to last about eight weeks, continues.