March 2017

Vile Llanfairfechan paedophile who taught others how to prey on kids has sentence increased


A pervert caged for a campaign of rape which destroyed his schoolgirl victim’s life has had his too lenient sentence increased by senior judges.

Peris Griffiths subjected his young victim to degrading sex attacks and then shared photos of his evil behaviour with fellow deviants on the web.

The court was told that Griffiths even coached other paedophiles on how to sexually abuse children and tactics on how not to get caught

Griffiths’ crimes took a shattering toll on the schoolgirl, Lady Justice Rafferty told London’s Appeal Court today.

The ordeal effectively “destroyed her life”, said the judge, causing “severe psychological harm”.

“There was an element of degradation and humiliation involved,” she added.

Griffiths, of Llwyn y Gog, Llanfairfechan, regularly communicated with fellow paedophiles, “advising them on how to encourage young children into sexual activity”, the court heard.

“He traded in indecent pictures,” added the judge.

The 45-year-old was originally jailed for 12 years – with a four-year extended licence period – at Caernarfon Crown Court in January after he admitted a string of sex crimes, including nine rapes and possessing and distributing indecent photos.

But Griffiths’ case reached the Appeal Court as lawyers for the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC, challenged his “unduly lenient” sentence.

They urged the court to substitute a life sentence to reflect the “planning and degradation” involved.

Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting with Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb and Judge Jeffrey Pegden QC, said there was evidence of some remorse from Griffiths, who had no previous convictions.

But he had shown little insight into his crimes, even telling a probation officer: “I’ve had my fun but I’m not intending to do it again”.

Despite the horror of his crimes, Lady Justice Rafferty refused to impose a life sentence.

“We are not persuaded that this chronicle of offending merited life,” she told the court.

But the three judges went on to increase Griffiths’ jail sentence from 12 to 16 years, ruling that his original punishment was “insufficient to mark the gravity of the offending”.

Griffiths’ extended licence period, during which he will be carefully monitored after release, was doubled to eight years.

He admitted 26 charges, including raping a child, sexual assault, inciting sexual activity and child sexual abuse images offences.

January 2017

Paedophile jailed for over sex abuse

A paedophile from Conwy county has been sentenced to a total of 16 years for “devastating” sex offences.

Peris Griffiths, 45, of Llanfairfechan, admitted 26 charges, including raping a child, sexual assault, inciting sexual activity and child sexual abuse images offences.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard he would communicate with other paedophiles online, both in the UK and abroad trading images of children being abused and tactics on how not to get caught

Judge Huw Rees told him his sexual offences “couldn’t be more serious”.

The court heard an encrypted hard drive belonging to Mr Griffiths had been sent to London for further investigation after he refused to provide a password.

Along with the prison term, Griffiths was made subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender.

November 2016

Llanfairfechan man admits string of child sex offences including rape

A 45-year-old man wept after admitting a series of serious charges of indecency against a child and possessing and distributing indecent images of a youngster.

Peris Griffiths of Llwyn y Gog Llanfairfechan appeared before a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court by videolink from prison.

During the 20-minute hearing he spoke only to confirm his name and to enter pleas to 28 charges.

Griffiths pleaded guilty to nine charges of rape, nine charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual assault against a child under the age of 13 and one charge of attempted sexual assault on a child.

He denied two other charges of sexual assault and prosecutor Anna Pope said the pleas were acceptable to the Crown.

The judge ordered these two charges to lie on the file.

Griffiths also admitted four charges of distributing an indecent image of a child and one charge of possessing a total of 879 indecent images of children.

There were 155 classed at the highest category the court heard.

Wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, Griffiths appeared to be very emotional as he sat in the dock.

Charges related to offences committed by Griffiths between March 2009 and September this year, when he was arrested.

During today’s hearing Simon Killeen, defending, asked for an adjournment for the preparation of reports.

Judge Huw Rees said he agreed with the application and adjourned sentence until December 16.

No application for bail was made and Griffiths was remanded in custody.