'Don't worry, it's not going to hurt': The chilling words a wife told a teenage girl before her husband allegedly raped her
Peter and Avril Griffiths sexually abused and assaulted three teenage girls repeatedly between the 1970s and 1990s
A Welsh woman and her husband were allegedly involved in the repeated sexual abuse of three teenage girls between the 1970s and 1990s and used alcohol and cigarettes to lull them into a false sense of security before taking advantage of them and assaulting them.
One of the accused is 65-year-old Peter Griffiths, who hails from Barry, South Wales. He has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault, and three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child. His wife, 61-year-old Avril Griffiths, has similarly pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape, three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child, and two counts of indecent assault.
The pair appeared at the Cardiff Crown Court where a jury heard some of the horrifying details of their crimes. According to the Mirror, Avril is said to have "groomed" one of their victims for her husband to rape for over 20 years. Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC revealed that the wife told one of the girls, "Don't worry, it's not going to hurt" as her husband began to rape her. But that would only be the tip of the iceberg.
The court heard that one of the girls was given vodka before she was forced to pose for indecent photos with the couple while they were naked. Peter is then reportedly raped the girl, assuring her she wouldn't get pregnant because he had had a vasectomy done.
Rees also detailed how the couple would take the girl "dogging," an act where Peter would have sex with her in the back of a van while several others looked on. The teen would then be passed around to other men, with Rees stating that she was "used in effect as a sex toy for the gratification of others."
Furthermore, this same teen was also taken out on a boat in the Bristol channel where she was once again raped by Peter. Avril would take part in the abuse as well, sexually assaulting the defenseless girl, who later informed the police she had been "ripped apart physically" after suffering injuries.
The Crown Court was also told of another one of the couple's victims, a 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by Peter while she was being held down by Avril.
A third girl, 14 or 15 years old at the time she was approached by the pair, was supposedly encouraged to pose for topless photos by Peter who told her she would make "good money" for doing so. She was then raped by both Peter and Avril, with the latter reassuring their victim "it's not going to hurt."
The rapes and abuse took place between 1978 and 1993, with Rees telling the court, "Both these defendants together repeatedly sexually abused three young girls. The defendants together exploited each of these children in order to satisfy their sexual needs."
The trial is set to continue at the Cardiff Crown Court in the coming days.