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Paedophile gave girl, 15, alcohol and cocaine before ‘extreme sexual abuse’

A paedophile martial arts instructor groomed a 15-year-old girl in care before subjecting her to "extreme sexual abuse".

Martin Yankey, then 34, targeted his victim between February and May 2019.

He took her from a children’s care home to his property in Atherton, Greater Manchester, where he would ply her with drink and drugs.

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was given so much cocaine that the septum in her nose was damaged.

After a few visits, she thought she was in a relationship with Yankey and would visit regularly.

A statement from her read: "I was given drink and drugs and suffered extreme sexual abuse.

"I started showering excessive amounts and self-harming, I tried to make sense of it but I couldn't."

The care home often reported her missing and police visited Yankey's home on April 13, 2018, where taxi drivers had reported taking her.

Yankey denied knowing the girl when he was quizzed by officers, but on May 18 they found her hiding in a kitchen cupboard and he was arrested.

He admitted to sexual activity with a child, abduction and possession of indecent images of a child at Manchester Crown Court.

He was jailed for 13 years and given an indefinite restraining order and a sexual harm prevention order.

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Judge Hilary Manley said: "You executed classic methods of grooming, being loving and making her feel like an adult.

"You are a devious and selfish man.

"She doesn't feel she will ever recover and has tried to take her own life.

"You have shown no remorse and have no real idea the damage you have done.

"It is interesting and disturbing that your latest partner is 20, it's not illegal but there is a significant age gap again."

Yankey told police he believed the victim was 17 and denied their relationship was sexual.

Defending Yankey, Jo Morris said that he was now in a committed relationship and he should be given credit for entering guilty pleas.

Ms Morris also said Yankey had been diagnosed with psychosis and epilepsy in 2019 and had not been making sensible decisions at the time.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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