Young girls groomed for sex, court hears

Oxford Crown Court
Oxford Crown Court

A group of men from Banbury organised parties for under-18s, subjected vulnerable underage girls to a grooming process and sexually exploited them, a court has heard.

At the start of an eight-week trial at Oxford Crown Court on Monday, it is alleged Ahmed Hassan Sule, Mohamed Saleh, Said Saleh, Takudzwa Hova, Alexandru Nae, Kagiso Manese and a 17-year-old boy identified eight girls aged between 13 and 16. The boy cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard how the group befriended the girls on social media and took them to locations in and around Banbury where they committed serious sexual offences.

The court heard locations included the defendants’ vehicles, home addresses, Spiceball Park, Princess Diana Park, People’s Park and the Memorial Car Park in King’s Sutton.

Stuart Trimmer QC, prosecuting, said: “This case concerns sexual exploitation of a number of vulnerable girls aged between 13 and 16 by a group of males predominantly aged between 18 and 25.

“The defendants appear to have identified vulnerable underage girls through the group organising parties for under-18s in Banbury, which they called Fiddy Events.

“This group was known as BB or B2.

“They have used social media to target the girls and subject them to a grooming process. The sexual acts range from sexual relationships that persisted over several years with underage girls to rape and even gang rape.”

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.

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 Manese, 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. 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.

The 17-year-old boy has been charged with rape.

Mr Trimmer said: “The girls were sometimes willing participants, sometimes flattered and pleased by the attention of the group.

“They were young and emotionally immature, some looking for friendship.

“Sadly for them they were identified by these defendants and were used by them.

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

“In general the defendants befriended the victims, they established some sexual relationship, before proceeding to use the girls to have sex with others within their group.

“The evidence establishes a variety of tactics such as evoking guilt and sometimes the use of or threats of violence.”

All the defendants deny the charges.

They are all kept in custody, apart from the 17-year-old boy.

The trial continues.