May 2023

Liskeard paedophile photographed himself abusing victim

An evil paedophile has been put behind bars for sexually abusing a very young child – and photographing the disgusting acts so he could relive it afterwards.

Mark Sellick, 34, carried on despite the victim begging him to stop.

Local handyman Sellick, of Fore Street in Liskeard, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to indecent assault of a child under 13, taking indecent images of a child and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Prosecuting the case, Heather Hope told the court how Sellick was arrested when his phone and computer were searched photos of him and the victim were located in a Dropbox folder

When interviewed the victim described how Sellick would undress her and play with himself. On one occasion he penetrated her and carried on despite her requests to stop.

During his interview Sellick denied having a sexual interest in children and that he didn’t get any sexual gratification from looking at indecent images of kids

Sentencing Sellick, Judge Simon Carr recounted the offending and the devastating effect it has had. Judge Carr jailed Sellick for 10 years.

He must sign the sex offenders’ register for life

Bravely reading her impact statement to the court, the victim said: “He told me not to tell anyone and I felt I had to keep a secret or he’d hurt me. I tried to shut it out but I can’t.. I’m scared of men coming near me and even flinch when my mum goes to brush my hair.

“Life is a living hell and it’s a struggle to keep smiling knowing how much pain he’s caused.