A husband and wife described by one of their victims as “the Fred and Rose West of Barry” have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.
Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths, 61, abused the girls in a number of locations including at a sex party on a fishing boat.
The pair, who took part in dogging and group sex, were found guilty of rape, indecent assault and taking indecent photos of a child relating to three female victims between 1978 and 1993.
Cardiff Crown Court heard the couple acted together to “fulfil their sexual fantasies” by grooming the girls for sex before they were raped and assaulted.
One girl was repeatedly raped by Peter Griffiths who was “aided, abetted and encouraged” by his wife, with the girl being plied with alcohol and forced to dress up like a “slag” before passing her between two men to be raped.
The couple also took her to dogging sites where Peter Griffiths raped her in his van while strangers watched from outside.
She originally made a complaint to South Wales Police in 2000 but the force chose not to take up her allegations.
A second girl was also taken to dogging sites as a teenager, and encouraged by the couple to pose semi-naked for them when she was just 14.
They told her she could make money by letting them take her photo.
She told the couple she wanted the photos destroyed quickly after they were taken but the negatives were kept for the couple’s “sexual fulfilment”.
A third girl who was also groomed and befriended by the couple was drugged and woke to find herself between the couple in bed, with Peter Griffiths raping her while his wife pinned her down by her shoulders.
She said she woke up in the bed the next morning with her thighs soaked in blood.
Judge Jeremy Jenkins QC said: “That was her first introduction to sex.
“What an awful, painful experience that must have been. It has lived with her for the rest of her days.
“She is left a broken woman.”
The court heard statements from the women, who are now in their 40s, with each describing developing mental health problems and turning to drink and drugs after they were abused.
The first woman said the couple “destroyed my life” and left her suffering with depression, anxiety and paranoia.
The second woman described herself as “vulnerable” as a child, adding: “That’s why they targeted me.”
The third woman told the court: “Even though I’m a mother in my 40s, I’m still scared of them.”
Peter Griffiths was sentenced to 21 years in jail for eight charges of rape, three of indecent assault and two of taking an indecent photograph of a child.
His wife was sentenced to 15 years in jail for five counts of rape, two of taking an indecent photograph of a child and two of indecent assault.
Prosecutor Caroline Harris said: “This has had a devastating impact on each of the victims’ lives.
“The jury convicted both defendants on every count.
“They represent a series of offensive, repeated, and serious sex abuse.”
Judge Jenkins told the couple they must have thought they had got away with their crimes after the investigation into them was dropped in 2000, but added: “That was not the case.”
The judge said: “The offences were committed against young, vulnerable and impressionable girls.
“The rape was violent and sordid.”
The couple, from Barry Road, Barry, South Wales, were told they would be registered sex offenders when released from prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Justin Evans said following the couple’s conviction two more people had reported allegations of non-recent sexual offences to police, which are currently being investigated.