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6:39pm

The Nanford Guest House, where some of the crimes occurred, have refused to comment tonight

6:15pm

The Oxford Times:

Mohammed Karrar in his police interview

6:14pm

The Oxford Times:

Kamir Jamil

6:14pm

The Oxford Times:

Akhtar Dogar in police interview

6:13pm

The Oxford Times:

Assad Hussain in his police interview

6:12pm

The Oxford Times:

Anjum Dogar in police interview

6:09pm

The Oxford Times:

Bassam Karrar in his police interview

6:07pm

Comments from appearances on the BBC:

Oxfordshire County Council chief executive Joanna Simons: “We have learned a huge amount in the last few years about the nature of grooming and we have taken lots of action.

“I think the real problem going back, and this started nearly 10 years ago, is that we didn’t have an understanding of grooming at that stage.

“One of the things we would like to see for the future is a more streamlined system for witnesses.

“We have tried to make a protective envelope around the girls.

“Child protection is our top priority and our council has done a lot of spending on it, particularly in the last few years.”

 

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood: “I’m so pleased to see that at last we are seeing some justice for these victims.

“This is an appalling crime, you cannot imagine the kind of devious man who would pray on 11 and 12-year-old children and imply to them that a normal kind of relationship is to trade sex with other men.

“These children have had their entire lives destroyed by these crimes and what’s disturbing is that there have been times when at least a hint of what has been going on has been reported.

“One of the reasons these victims were not believed is the symptoms of their abuse were seen as indicators that they were just bad girls making bad life choices.”

6:00pm

The Oxford Times:

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for the Thames Valley

5:59pm

The Oxford Times:

Simon Morton outside the Old Bailey

5:53pm

Girl 3 has told the BBC: "I am glad I went to court and I am glad I stood up against them because they cannot do it anymore. I know there are other men but these men cannot do it anymore."

5:39pm

Pictures of the defendants

The Oxford Times:

Akhtar Dogar

The Oxford Times:

Anjum Dogar

The Oxford Times:

Assad Hussain

The Oxford Times:

Bassam Karrar

The Oxford Times:

Kamar Jamil

The Oxford Times:

Mohammed Karrar

The Oxford Times:

Zeeshan Ahmed

5:24pm

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The abuse these girls were subjected to was truly appalling.

“To all who bravely came forward to give evidence for the prosecution I say a heart-felt thank you.

“The men who have been convicted have still failed to accept responsibility.

“They are nothing less than vicious sexual predators.

“I thank the jury too for their careful attention.”

She added that she hoped the verdicts would help the victims move on and rebuild their lives.

5:22pm

Statement from Anthony Stansfeld, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner online at http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/bullfinch/10418902.Bullfinch__Statement_from_Police_and_Crime_Commissioner_Anthony_Stansfeld/

5:18pm

Those vile predators in the dock today, those that have been found guilty groom, isolate and sexually absue their victims to the point of torture. It is really important that we stamp this horrific crime out now.

Those that have been found guilty are in exactly the right place and that is behind bars

5:16pm

I really hope it inspires others to come forward.

Operation Bullfinch has really opened our eyes and we have made sweeping changes across the Thames Valley.

We do understand, we do care, and we can help. Even if you don't want to make a statement we need to know who these men are to stop them.

 

5:14pm

I spoke to the girls when they finished giving their evidence and it came across to me that they were really proud of giving their evidence.

But over and above that they gave their evidence to protect other girls from this gang.

I just hope now that they can draw a line and get on with their lives.

5:13pm

Simon Morton, the police officer who has been in charge of Operation Bullfinch, has just said:

I am honoured to be standing in front of you today to talk on behalf of the victims. Their lives have been a living hell. And now they have had to go through that again in court.

5:11pm

UNNAMED MAN

Ninth man who cannot be named because of an order by the Judge NOT GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 5 aged 13-14 between 2010 & 2012.

5:10pm

ZEESHAN AHMED

Zeeshan Ahmed GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 5 aged 13-14 between 2010 & 2012.

Zeeshan Ahmed GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 6 aged 15 between 2010 and 2011.

5:09pm

MOHAMMED HUSSAIN

Mohammed Hussain NOT GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 5 aged 14 between Jan 2011 & Jan 2012.

Mohammed Hussain NOT GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 5 aged 14 between 2011 & Jan 2012.

Mohammed Hussain NOT GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 5 aged 14 in Dec 2011.

5:08pm

BASSAM KARRAR

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 3 aged 14 at Nanford Guest House in 2006.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after raping Girl 4 aged 11-15 with his brother Mohammed from 2004-2009.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 11-12 from 2004-06.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape Girl 4 aged 11-12 after arranging for her to be raped by others between 2004-06.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 4 aged 11-12 from 2004-06.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of trafficking Girl 4 aged 11-15 for sexual exploitation between 2004 and 2009.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape Girl 4 aged 13-15 after taking her to place to be raped by others from 2006-09.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 4 aged 13-15 from 2006-09.

Bassam Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 13-15 from 2006-09.

5:08pm

MOHAMMED KARRAR

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after arranging for Girl 3, aged 13-15, to be raped from 2005-08.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of trafficking Girl 3 aged 13-15 for sexual exploitation from 2005-2008.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 when she was 11-12 from 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of using an instrument to procure a miscarriage  Girl 4 aged 11-12 between 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 11-12 from 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 11-12 by arranging for others to rape her between 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of serious sexual assault on Girl 4 aged 11-12 between 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after raping Girl 4 aged 11-15 with his brother Bassam from 2004-2009.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 11-12 after arranging for her to be raped in High Wycombe between 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape Girl 4 aged 11-12 after arranging for her to be raped by others between 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 4 aged 11-12 from 2004-06.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of trafficking Girl 4 aged 11-15 for sexual exploitation between 2004 and 2009.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape Girl 4 aged 13-15 after taking her to place to be raped by others from 2006-09.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 4 aged 13-15 from 2006-09.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 13-15 from 2006-09.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 13-15 from 2006-09.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of supplying heroin to Girl 4 aged 13 from 2006-07.

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY of raping Girl 4 aged 17-18 in his flat in 2011.

5:06pm

ASSAD HUSSAIN

Assad Hussain NOT GUILTY of raping Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-2007.

Assad Hussain GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-07.

Assad Hussain GUILTY of sexual activity with a child with Girl 5 aged 14 in 2011.

5:05pm

ANJUM DOGAR

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of raping Girl 1 aged 13-15 at hotels and houses from 2004-07.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 1, aged 13-15, to houses to be raped by others from 2004-07.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 1, aged 13-15, from 2004-07.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of raping Girl 1 in Shotover Woods when she was aged 13-15 between 2004-07.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 2, aged 14, to houses to be raped by others in 2006.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of raping Girl 2 aged 14 in 2006.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 3, aged 13-15, to places to be raped by others from 2005-08.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of trafficking Girl 3 aged 13-15 for sexual exploitation from 2005-08.

Anjum Dogar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 3 aged 13-15 from 2005-08.

5:04pm

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of raping Girl 1 aged 13-15 at hotels and houses from 2004-07.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 1, aged 13-15, to houses to be raped by others from 2004-07.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 1, aged 13-15, from 2004-07.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of raping of Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-2007.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of raping of Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-2007.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of raping Girl 1 in Shotover Woods when she was aged 13-15 between 2004-07.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 2, aged 14, to houses to be raped by others in 2006.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of raping Girl 2 aged 14 in 2006.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 3, aged 13-15, to places to be raped by others from 2005-08.

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of trafficking Girl 3 aged 13-15 for sexual exploitation from 2005-08.
Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 3 aged 13-15 from 2005-08.

5:03pm

Full rundown of results:

KAMAR JAMIL

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping Girl 1 aged 13-15 at hotels and houses from 2004-07.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 1, aged 13-15, to houses to be raped by others from 2004-07.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of arranging child prostitution of Girl 1, aged 13-15, from 2004-07.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping of Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-2007.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping Girl 1 in Shotover Woods when she was aged 13-15 between 2004-07.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping Girl 2 in a car aged 14 in 2006.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping Girl 2 in a car aged 14 in 2006.

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 2, aged 14, to houses to be raped by others in 2006.

5:00pm

Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation: The Ramadhan Foundation welcomes today's guilty verdicts in the Oxford Grooming trial and pays tributes to the victims and their families for their bravery in bringing these evil men to justice.
The ordeal of these victims will not end with today's guilty verdicts but I hope with the necessary support and help they will be able to rebuild their lives.
Let there be no doubt if you engage in the evil crime of child grooming, you will be caught and brought to justice, today's verdicts prove that.
I have followed the trial with disgust but not much surprise, these evil men used the vulnerability of the victims to abuse them in the most horrific way.
There is a unique difference between this trial and the Rochdale Group, the Oxford gang used these girls to make considerable amount of money as an addition to their money from drug dealing whilst the Rochdale case was about sick sexual gratification.
We can only imagine the horrors these girls have gone through but we hope that they take some comfort that these evil men have been found guilty.
To be robbed of your teenage years and then treated like worthless commodities that can be exchanged without any regard is so distressing for me.
Let me be clear, 80% of child sexual abuse is carried out by white men but on the phenomenon of on street grooming there is an over representation of Asian men and white victims.
There are some even now who think that when a majority of on street grooming criminals are Asian men and the victims white that race is not a contributing factor.
I believe this approach leads to some gatekeepers slamming the door on the truth and trying to find excuses for these Asian criminal's despicable behaviour.
We have gone through too much to return to the silences of the past and we furthermore ensure that there is no safe place for these criminals.
The majority of Asians of all backgrounds abhor these crimes, these criminals have brought shame on themselves and their families and the wider Asian communities.
We will once again see the fascist EDL or BNP trying to stir up division or hatred and my message to them is you are not welcome in Oxford.
The British people may think that these sort of crimes are on the increase as a result of the high number of trials, this is incorrect as the reality is that the Police and CPS have stepped up efforts to deal with historic abuses.
So as we see more suspects come to trial we should take some comfort that victims are getting justice and evil men are being put behind bars.
We must not be complacent.
Today we pray for the victims and their families and pay tribute to the Police and Crown Prosecution Services for their hard work in enabling justice to be done.

4:52pm

Judge Peter Rook's comments to the seven convicted men:

You all understand the you have been convicted by the jury of the most serious offences. Long custodial sentences are inevitable.

I am not going to sentence you today because I need to know more about you and the sentencing hearing will take place on the 26th of June.

In the meantime you will all be remanded in custody. I am ordering the pre-sentence reports should be prepared in each of your cases and I am going to ask oxfordshire who will prepare those reports to consider the issue of dangerousness in each of your cases.

Very well, you will now be remanded in custody.

4:51pm

Chief Constable Sara Thornton has said: "I am very sorry this case took so long to get to court and I have said so to all the young women.”

4:47pm

Judge Peter Rook told the jury earlier: "As it has gone on for longer than you anticipated and indeed you were told at the outset.

"The court is deeply grateful to you for being able to sit longer, we are well aware of the inevitable disruption it will have been to your lives."

4:43pm

From OXCAT (Oxford Community Against Trafficking)

The conviction today of Oxford men for trafficking teenagers across our city is a wake-up call for everybody.

OXCAT (Oxford Community Against Trafficking) praised the victims for their bravery in ensuring these brutal men faced justice.

But the case has pulled into sharp focus the horror of human trafficking in our neighbourhoods and communities.

Andy Dipper, an OXCAT spokesman, said: “The decade-long catalogue of torment and abuse suffered by these young women has been horrifying.

“But it has been going on right under our noses; in our streets, outside our schools and behind closed doors in Oxford homes and hotels.

“This is not an isolated case, more and more incidents are being uncovered across the country. We cannot stand for this kind of abuse in modern day Britain… we encourage everyone to Open Your Eyes.”

OXCAT was set up to highlight the problem of men and women trafficked into domestic servitude, criminal activity or sexual exploitation.

The group has just a few volunteers, but provides training to taxi drivers, school children and hotel staff to raise awareness of human trafficking.

It is today calling on everyone to #OpenYourEyes to spot signs of trafficking in your village, town or city, in your school or workplace.

Catherine Bearder, a Member of the European Parliament for Oxford, said: “OXCAT’s message is powerful and it is time we all listened.

“Trafficking is happening in this city and we cannot allow the suffering to continue.”

 

OXCAT is calling on Twitter users to spread the hashtag #OpenYourEyes and encourage followers to spot the signs of trafficking.

 

4:36pm

Here's a proper rundown of the verdicts:

  • Kamar Jamil, aged 27, of Aldrich Road, Oxford – eight offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and trafficking.
  • Akhtar Dogar, aged 32, of Tawney Street, Oxford - 11 offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and conspiracy to rape.
  • Anjum Dogar, aged 31, of Tawney Street, Oxford - nine offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and conspiracy to rape.
  • Assad Hussain, aged 32, of Ashhurst Way, Oxford - two offences of sexual activity with a child.
  • Mohammed Karrar, aged 38, of Kames Close, Oxford - 18 offences including rape of a child under 13, facilitating child prostitution and using an instrument to procure a miscarriage.
  • Bassam Karrar, aged 33, of Hundred Acres Close, Oxford - nine offences including conspiracy to rape a child under 13, rape of a child under 13 and trafficking within the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation.
  • Zeeshan Ahmed, aged 27, of Palmer Road, Wood Farm, Oxford - two offences of sexual activity with a child.
  • An eighth man, Mohammed Hussain, was found not guilty of three offences.
  • A  26-year-old man was found not guilty of sexual activity with a child.

4:34pm

Judge Rook has said "long custodial sentences are inevitable"

4:33pm

Amendment: Sentencing June 26

4:16pm

The judge and the barristers are now just looking at what date to set sentencing. June 17 is a possibility

4:13pm

Being confirmed Zeeshan Ahmed lunged at another defendant in the dock, Mohammed Hussain, who had just been found not guilty

4:10pm

First story

A GANG of men has been found guilty of grooming, drugging, raping and prostituting vulnerable children in Oxford.

Seven out of nine men were convicted this afternoon by jurors at the Old Bailey on 59 charges which included child rape, sex trafficking, serious sexual assault, and arranging child prostitution.

The crimes were committed against six girls aged between 11 and 15 from 2004 to 2011.

The historic court heard the gang targeted girls from troubled home lives, befriended them, before introducing them to drugs and alcohol.
Their victims were then made to have sex with the men, their friends, and their "customers".

If they refused they were threatened with violence and then forced.

The jury returned their verdicts after more than 17 hours of deliberations following a trial lasting more than four months.

During the trial jurors heard how the girls were gang raped, beaten, burnt, sexually assaulted with knives and a baseball bat, gagged, tied up, and scratched.

Following the verdicts Judge Peter Rook told the jury they were now exempt from jury service for the rest of their lives.

The sentencing of the seven guilty men will be held on June 14.

4:07pm

A defendant, who the judge has just said cannot be identified has been found NOT GUILTY on all the counts he faced

4:05pm

Catch-up: Seven of nine defendants convicted of child sex crimes at the Old Bailey.

4:05pm

Zeeshan Ahmed is being said to be the one who has caused the trouble in the dock

4:04pm

Mohammed Hussain NOT GUILTY on the three counts he faced: one rape and two sexual activity with a child

4:03pm

Bassam Karrar GUILTY on all nine charges he faced

4:02pm

There's been a scuffle in the dock. Mohammed Hussain is putting a tissue to his mouth

4:02pm

Zeeshan Ahmed GUILTY on two sexual activity charges with a child

4:01pm

Mohammed Karrar GUILTY on all 18 charges

4:00pm

Assad Hussain NOT GUILTY on rape of girl 1 August 2004 to August 2007

3:46pm

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of raping of Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-2007.

3:45pm

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping Girl 1 in Shotover Woods when she was aged 13-15 between 2004-07.

3:45pm

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of conspiracy to rape after taking Girl 1, aged 13-15, to houses to be raped by others from 2004-07.

3:44pm

Akhtar Dogar GUILTY of another charge raping of Girl 1 aged 13-15 from 2004-2007.

3:43pm

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of another charge of raping Girl 2 in a car aged 14 in 2006.

3:43pm

Kamar Jamil GUILTY of raping Girl 1 aged 13-15 at hotels and houses from 2004-07.

3:41pm

We understand the verdicts are unanimous except for one

3:40pm

The defendants were led into the dock a few minutes ago with the jury expected to give their verdicts imminently.

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