Girl sexually abused in memorial hall car park

Clockwise, from top left: Takudzwa Hova, Mohamed Saleh, Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Said Saleh and Kagiso Manase
Clockwise, from top left: Takudzwa Hova, Mohamed Saleh, Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Said Saleh and Kagiso Manase
  • Gang found guilty of offences including rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration
  • They lured the ‘vulnerable’ girls with party adverts on social media
  • One of the locations they used was King’s Sutton memorial hall car park

A grooming gang who sexually abused eight girls aged as young as 13 assaulted one of their victims in a memorial hall call park.

The Banbury group of six were found guilty of a range of offences including rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration after an eight-week trial at Oxford Crown Court.

They used social media to lure ‘vulnerable’ girls to parties and one of several venues they then used to prey on them was King’s Sutton Memorial Hall Car Park.

Along with the village car park, locations included People’s Park, Spiceball Park and Princess Diana Park – which are all in Banbury.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 21, Takudzwa Hova, 21, Kagiso Manase, 21, Mohamed Saleh, 22, Said Saleh, 20, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons - who are all from Banbury - were found guilty of the offences.

Hassan-Sule, also known as Fiddy, organised parties in Banbury for under-18s as part of Fiddy Events.

He used social media to target the victims and the group subjected them to a grooming process.

Hassan-Sule 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.

The 17-year-old was found guilty of rape and broke down in tears in the dock when the verdict was delivered.

The gang will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on April 17.

Alexandru Nae, 19, from Banbury, was completely discharged after being cleared of one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.