Evil paedophile locked up indefinitely
A DEPRAVED paedophile is today behind bars indefinitely after he waged a campaign of sexual abuse against two young girls. David William Griffiths, 41, repeatedly attacked the girls in Ipswich, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.
A DEPRAVED paedophile is today behind bars indefinitely after he waged a campaign of sexual abuse against two young girls.
David William Griffiths, 41, repeatedly attacked the girls in Ipswich, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.
Griffiths was jailed after he admitted 13 counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and eight counts of indecent assault on an eight-year-old.
On sentencing Griffiths, Judge David Goodin condemned him for humiliating the girls and destroying their lives.
He said: “Each of the girls was subject to unspeakable actions of humiliation.
“Little remains from the destruction of those young lives.
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“Much of your [police] interview was devoted
to minimising your responsibility and reprehensibly seeking to blame your own victims for the abuse.
“No doubt you represent a significant danger of serious harm.”
The court heard that Griffiths attacked the older girl at a house and in a car in January and February last year.
Prosecutor Matthew McNiff said: “She began to think it was all right. She was vulnerable and at his mercy.”
Mr McNiff read out a statement from the traumatised victim in which she told of how Griffiths had wrecked her life.
He read: “He took my virginity and he took my dignity. In a way I still feel it is my fault - my fault because I should not have let him do it in the first place.”
When the girl told police about the crimes in June she said that Griffiths “made her feel special” - but she would cry herself to sleep, Mr McNiff said.
The offences against the other girl took place in the mid-1990s when she was aged between eight and ten.
It began when Griffiths rubbed his body against her and touched her. He later indecently assaulted her.
Mr McNiff added: “He told her how beautiful she was.
“She learned there was no escape. She was at his mercy.”
Although they did not have full intercourse the eight-year-old feared she would become pregnant, Mr McNiff said.
“She thought it meant that they had sex and was concerned about the possibility of babies.”
Griffiths, of HM Prison Norwich, who had previous convictions for dishonesty, criminal damage and burglary, admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.
Yesterday he was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection. Having spent some time on remand he will serve at least three years and 49 weeks.
When he is released he will be supervised on licence for up to ten years.