Jury sent out in Banbury sex exploitation trial

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Oxford Crown Court ENGNNL00120130504134054

The jury has been sent out in the trial of six men from Banbury accused of committing sexual offences against vulnerable young girls.

The eight-week trial at Oxford Crown Court also includes a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, and got under way in January.

The defendants are Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 20, of Glyndebourne Gardens, Mohamed Saleh, 21 and Said Saleh, 20, both of Orchard Way, Kagiso Manese, of Warwick Road, Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road and Alexandru Nae, 19, of Broome Way.

They all deny various offences including sexual activity with a child under the age of 16, inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault, assault by penetration and rape.

The 17-year-old denies one count of rape.

It is alleged the group identified eight girls aged between 13 and 16 and committed the offences in and around Banbury.

The jury was sent out earlier this afternoon (Tuesday) and will continue their deliberations tomorrow (Wednesday).