Trichologist found guilty of sexually assaulting four of his clients

15/09/2008

On September 12, 2008, guilty verdicts were passed at Oxford Crown Court on Praminder Mankoo for sexually assaulting four of his clients.

Case prosecutor Jenny Jonckheer said: Mr Mankoo practised as a trichologist. The victims of these offences were his clients who were entitled to expect help with their problems. His consulting rooms should have provided a safe haven for them, but instead the defendant used their vulnerability to his own advantage. We acknowledge the courage of the victims in this case who found the strength not only to report their experiences to the police but also the stamina to give their evidence before a court. Without their support, this man could not have been bought to justice.

Thames Valley Police and the CPS take reports of sexual assault seriously and encourage any victim of a sexual assault to report the matter to police, however embarrassing the circumstances. Such complaints will be thoroughly, carefully and sympathetically investigated and considered for prosecution.

For further information contact Jacqui Broadbridge, Group Communications Manager, CPS Thames Valley on 0118 951 3640

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