December 2021

Paedophile Camborne school caretaker poses a lifelong risk to children

A former school caretaker has been told by a judge that he poses a lifelong risk to children.

Mark Mankee, 43, has an “entrenched sexual interest in young girls” and now begins a substantial period behind bars.

Mankee, most recently of St Agnes but formerly of Camborne, over the course of several years carried out a catalogue of devastating sexual abuse on the two victims.

He previously worked at a primary school in Camborne.

Sick Mankee touched the young girls’ private parts, urged them to touch his penis and also masturbated in front of them.

Mankee was convicted after a trial at Truro Crown Court of six sexual assaults on a child under 13, two engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child charges and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He reappeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced on Thursday December 23 when two victim impact statements were read to the court.

The first victim showers three times a day as a result of Mankee’s abuse and can’t deal with people touching her. She doesn’t even let her own mother cuddle her.

Prior to the trial the victim and her family saw Mankee pass their home every day, forcing them to move out of the area.

The second victim’s mother described how her daughter had her naivety and innocence stolen by Mankee.

She spoke of how he has never admitted what he did, something his victim struggles to understand given she’s always been told to tell the truth. This family also spoke of seeing Mankee smiling and getting on with his life prior to the trial.

The court also heard how concerned police made Mankee subject of a sexual risk order which he breached by driving children around in a limo.

Sentencing Mankee, Judge Simon Carr said: “Both children were scared to say anything and you told them not to tell anyone. They trusted you as an adult.

“You abused them over a significant period of time and on a number of occasions. The effect on both children and their families is catastrophic.

“You pose a lifelong risk to children and have an entrenched sexual interest in children, specifically young girls.”

Mankee was jailed for 11 years with a further three years to be served on licence. He was also made subject of a 15-year sexual harm prevention order.

Prosecuting the case, Heather Hope described during the trial how the mother of one of the complainants thought something seemed odd with her daughter, and when she questioned her the girl claimed she’d seen the defendant naked causing alarm bells to ring.

The mum then sent a message to another woman, whom she didn’t know but knew had a connection to Mankee, who then questioned her daughter about him.

Prosecuting the case, Heather Hope described how the mother of one of the complainants thought something seemed odd with her daughter, and when she questioned her the girl claimed she’d seen the defendant naked causing alarm bells to ring.

The mum then sent a message to another woman, whom she didn’t know but knew had a connection to Mankee, who then questioned her daughter about him.

The second complainant said that Mankee would touch her but that “it didn’t feel right”. He would also tell her not to tell her mummy.