A BARRY couple have today been jailed for a total of 36 years after committing multiple sexual offences against children.

Peter Griffiths, 65, and his wife Avril, 61, were convicted of multiple sexual offences after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court in September.

Peter Griffiths was today jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of eight counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and two counts of taking an indecent photo of a child.

Avril Griffiths was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of five counts of rape, two counts of taking an indecent photo of a child and two counts of indecent assault.

The charges relate to three victims in the 1970s to 1990s.

The court heard that the abuse ‘destroyed’ the lives of their three victims.

Detective sergeant David Rich, the officer in the case, said: “Today’s sentences reflect the gravity of the crimes which have been committed by Peter and Avril Griffiths.

“This couple who were responsible for appalling abuse have now been brought to justice.

“I would like to commend the three victims in this case who have shown immense strength and courage throughout the investigation and court proceedings.

“I hope today’s sentence provides some closure for them and their families as they attempt to move forward with their lives.

“South Wales Police urges anyone who has been the victim of any kind of sexual abuse or assault to come forward, safe in the knowledge that they will be treated with respect and dignity by officers.

“I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report sexual abuse, but I want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.

“Survivors of abuse by predators like Peter and Avril Griffiths deserve to see them brought to justice and we are determined to do all we can to help them.”

Detective chief inspector Justin Evans said: “Following the convictions of Peter and Avril Griffiths, two people have reported allegations of non-recent sexual offences to police.

“We are investigating these allegations and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

“Since the trial, further information concerning allegations of contact between police officers and the defendant Peter Griffiths have been reported to police.

“This investigation is ongoing.”