Two men sentenced for child sexual exploitation in Banbury


Samuel Osei-Bempong, Bashir Umar

The offences occurred in the early 2000s

Two men will spend a total of 13 years behind bars for child sexual exploitation in Banbury.   The offences occurred in the early 2000s, but were reported in 2017.

Following a five week trial at Oxford Crown Court, fifty-year-old Samuel Osei-Bempong from Middle Barton was found guilty of two counts of rape.   At the same trial, which concluded yesterday, he was found not guilty of two further counts of rape.

At the same trial a second man, fifty-three year old Bashiru Umar of no fixed abode, was found guilty of one count of indecent assault against a child under 16.

Osei-Bempong was today sentenced to a total of ten years’ imprisonment.   Umar was given a three year prison sentence.

Detective Inspector Nick Hind, of the Complex CSE Investigation Team, said: “I am grateful to the victims in this case for having the courage to share their stories and for the careful consideration of the evidence by the jury over the last five weeks.

“Osei-Bempong and Umar now start lengthy sentences for abhorrent crimes they committed against children more than 20 years ago, which they undoubtedly thought that they would never face justice for.

“Thames Valley Police is committed to tackling child sexual exploitation and will take all reports seriously, both recent and non-recent, and safeguarding victims of these offences is an absolute priority for us.

“It is never too late to make a report. You will always be listened to and treated with utmost respect and dignity; your welfare will be a priority.

“If you wish to make a report, pick up the phone and call Thames Valley Police on our 24-hour number 101. If you don’t want to speak to police you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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