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JAILED: Gang who locked girl in a room in Banbury and abused her for 12 hours

The offenders, aged between 17 and 21, forced their victim to inhale drugs - whilst one of them raped her.

Four people who locked a girl in a room in Banbury - burnt her with cigarettes and poured hot water over her - have been jailed for a total of 35 years.

The victim suffered from bruises and burns over her body last June, and wasn't allowed to leave the property in Britannia Road - which the offenders barricaded shut - for 12 hours.

The victim was subjected to multiple assaults throughout the day, she had her nose pinched causing her to open her mouth and was then forced to inhale heroin and diazepam.

One of the offenders then raped her.

Speaking after today's sentencing, the victim said: "I am glad they have all been sent to prison.

“However they will serve a fraction of time in comparison to what this ordeal has done to me.

“The effects of what they did to me will last forever.”

The charges:

  • Alex Azevedo, aged 21, of Britannia Road, Banbury, was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of two counts of rape of a woman over 16 years of age and one count each of false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm and administering a noxious substance with intent, following a trial lasting four weeks, which concluded at Oxford Crown Court on 11 March.
  • Natasha Washington, aged 20, of no fixed abode, was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of one count each of false imprisonment and administering a noxious substance with intent and five counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.
  • Sonny Weir, aged 20, of Pope Walk, Banbury, pleaded guilty to one count each of false imprisonment and assault causing actual bodily harm prior to the trial. He was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of two counts each of administering a noxious substance with intent and assault causing actual bodily harm
  • Argest Sallaj, aged 17, of De La Warr Drive, Banbury, was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of one count each of false imprisonment and assault causing actual bodily harm, and three counts of battery. The judge lifted reporting restrictions on his identity.

  

 

Azevedo was today sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, while Washington was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Weir was jailed for nine years and Sallaj for three years.

Another 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found not guilty of one count each of false imprisonment and assisting an offender. 

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Mark Personius, based at Banbury police station, said: “Following a thorough investigation, Azevedo, Washington, Weir and Sallaj have been sentenced today.

“We hope this sentence demonstrates that we are relentless in our pursuit of offenders and as a result the public will be reassured that we take all reports of incidents of this nature extremely seriously.

“Tackling rape is a priority for the force and this sentence today demonstrates our commitment to bringing offenders to justice and ensuring that woman and girls feel safer in the community.

“I am pleased that justice has been achieved for the woman that survived such a horrendous and harrowing ordeal.

“She has shown incredible courage and bravery throughout the investigation and in particular during the trial.

“I know that this outcome will not undo the damage that their actions have caused her but I hope it offers some comfort that they have been brought to justice and can now concentrate on her recovery and future.”

 

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