UPDATE: Couple sentenced for abuse spanning three decades

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A man and woman have been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court for fourteen offences spanning three decades.

Peter Griffiths, 65, and his wife Avril Griffiths, 61, abused three girls starting in the seventies, the eighties, and into the nineties.

Some of the abuse took place at their home address, whilst some offences happened whilst in their van or on a boat where others were present.

Wendy Brady of the CPS said: “As a result of new witnesses coming forward, the Crown Prosecution Service was able to revisit an earlier complaint and build a strong case to bring before the Court.

“The passage of time is no barrier to prosecution in cases of this nature.  Even though the offences occurred years ago, complaints such as these are always taken very seriously.

“The victims have shown great courage in coming forward to report what happened to them.  We hope they can start to move forward knowing that Peter and Avril Griffiths have finally been brought to justice.”

Avril Griffiths was sentenced to a total of fifteen years’ imprisonment while Peter Griffiths received a total sentence of twenty one years’ imprisonment. 

Notes to editors

  • Wendy Brady is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales RASSO.
  • Peter GRIFFITHS (DOB: 30/6/53) was convicted of 8 x rape; 3 x indecent assault; 2 x take indecent photograph of child.
  • Avril GRIFFITHS (DOB: 15/4/57) was convicted of 5 x rape; 2 x take indecent photograph of child; 2 x indecent assault.

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