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Taxi driver convicted of child sex offences is facing jail
A TAXI driver accused of having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl in a lay-by is facing jail after being convicted of a string of charges.
Shakil Munir, 32, was found guilty late yesterday afternoon of four counts of sexual activity with a child and one of child abduction.
Munir, of Tollesby Road, Tollesby, Middlesbrough, had denied all of the charges, and faced a trial at Teesside Crown Court with others.
The jury panel was sent home last night and will continue considering verdicts three charges against a 17-year-old boy this morning.
The Teesside teenager, who cannot be named, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.
Earlier yesterday, two other defendants in the trial - over alleged grooming and exploitation - were cleared of all the charges they faced.
Ibrar Mahmood, 18, of Breckon Hill Road, Middlesbrough, was found not guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child, and three of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Junaid Butt, also 18, of Kensington Road, Middlesbrough, was cleared of one charge of sexual activity with a child, and one of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.
The case continues.