FALSE promises and friendly companionship were tricks used by a trio of abusers who sexually exploited their victim for eight years, a court heard.

Judge Ian Pringle told paedophiles Assad Hussan, Akhtar Dogar and Anjum Dogar they were able to manipulate their victim by making her feel she was "someone worth knowing".

Sentencing at Oxford Crown Court today, he added: "It's clear that it was the reality of you as a group of young men, visiting, socialising and ultimately sexually abusing the young complainant in this case, that has such a profound effect upon her.

"Such a girl with such a background and personality was just perfect prey for those who wish to exploit her sexually and that is precisely what you did."

Prosecutor Stuart Trimmer QC told jurors during the trial the "vulnerable" teenager was groomed by the men who "systematically abused" her for entertainment.

He said the men targeted their victim because of her unstable family background - an alcoholic mother who died when she was a teenager and a father in prison.

The prosecutor said the abuse, which was in locations "hidden" from the public, did not happen by chance and the men preyed upon the girl, unlikely to know who was going to do her harm.

Jurors heard the men would abuse the schoolgirl in a cab, owned by Assad Hussain’s father.

The victim, who lived in children’s homes, was indecently assaulted and raped from the age of 15 while in the car, when it was parked in Jackdaw Lane, off Iffley Road.

Mr Trimmer said the gang had "control" over their victim and were able to groom her because of her desire for attention and affection.

The victim left the city in her late teens but returned in her 20s, when the men would enter her flat while she was out, using a wooden stick to open the front door through the letter box.

It was in that East Oxford flat where she was raped on different occasions by Assad Hussain and Akhtar Dogar - men who both threatened her in Shotover Country Park after she warned them she would speak out about the abuse.

When she took the stand to relive her years of suffering, she branded her younger self "disturbed" and mistrustful of police and social workers.

The mother-of-one said: "At this time I was scared of these men. I was scared of the police, I was scared of losing my son to social services. I realise a lot of what these men said to me was mind games."

She confessed she loved Anjum Dogar, believing he loved her too.