Convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their verdict
A sex gang of seven ‘predatory’ men have been convicted of abusing young girls.
The group of seven men aged between 37 and 47 were described as ‘predatory and cynical’ by a judge after being convicted on Friday following a five-month trial, at Oxford Crown Court.
The court heard how the gang would often abuse girls aged between 13 and 15 in a ‘s wagon’ with licence plate ending ‘SHG’.
A jury of four women and seven men took a record-breaking 107 hours and 31 minutes, over the course of 24 days, to reach their verdict.
The charges faced by the men, who each denied their part in the child sexual exploitation, included indecent assault, rape, and false imprisonment, on five victims between 1998 and 2005.
During the trial, Oxford Crown Court heard accounts from the victims, all of whom were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, who said they were plied with drink and drugs and took part in sex parties.
He also thanked jurors for their ‘assidious’ and ‘phenomenal’ dedication to the case in returning their verdicts, following the longest jury deliberation in Oxford Crown Court history.
The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted – Raheem Ahmed, Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf and Assad Hussain.
Two others who stood trial, Saboor Abdul and Haji Khan, were acquitted of all charges. Two other men involved in proceedings cannot be named for legal reasons.
The court heard throughout the trial how the seven men on numerous occasions coerced the girls into sex at a number of addresses across Oxford.