UPDATED: Six out of seven young Banbury men found guilty of abusing teenage girls

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  • Six men guilty of sexual offences
  • One man cleared of all charges he faced
  • Sentencing to take place on April 17

The trial of seven young Banbury men accused of a range of sexual offences against vulnerable young girls has concluded today (Friday), with six of them convicted.

Following an eight-week trial, a jury at Oxford Crown Court found six of them guilty of offences including sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 20, of Glyndebourne Gardens; Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road; Kagiso Manase, 26, of Warwick Road; Mohamed Saleh, 21, of Orchard Way; Said Saleh, 20, of Orchard Way; Alexandru Nae, 19, of Broome Way and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, all denied the charges.

But with the exception of Alexandru Nae, who was completely discharged after being cleared of one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child, all were convicted of the majority of the total 26 charges they faced.

The group identified eight vulnerable girls aged between 13 and 16 and committed the offences in and around Banbury between 2011 and 2013.

Hassan-Sule, who put on parties, or so-called Fiddy Events, in Banbury was found guilty of 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault by penetration.

When his first guilty verdict was read out, there was an outburst in the public gallery.

Hova was found guilty of one count of rape, one count of sexual activity with a child and two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was also cleared of one count of rape.

Manase was found guilty of sexual assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Mohamed Saleh was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and not guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. He was also cleared of one count of rape.

Said Saleh was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and was cleared of one count of sexual activity with a child.

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

When the guilty verdict was delivered he broke down in tears in the dock.

The jury spent a total of 15 hours and 39 minutes deliberating.

The men will be sentenced at the same court on April 17.