January 2020

‘Appalling’ monster who raped and abused Edinburgh girls as young as 6 is jailed

An ‘abhorrent’ rapist has been jailed for almost seven years for preying on and repeatedly abusing two schoolgirls in Edinburgh and trying to deny it with a lie detector test.

Martyn Griffiths abused his terrified victims at various addresses in Edinburgh between 1993 and 2004.

The 48 year-old told one: “I know what I am doing is wrong. You can go to the police when you are older. I won’t deny it.”

However, he is now behind bars after he pled guilty to sexually abusing and raping the girls.

Lord Turnbull jailed him for a total of six years and nine months at the High Court in Glasgow.

The judge said Griffiths had effectively “groomed” the victims – revealing one was just eight when he first struck.

He added: “The sexual abuse of children reflects the most appalling and unacceptable conduct. It ruins lives and affects those impacted for many years after what happened.”

Lord Turnbull said the jail-term would have been nine years, but for the guilty pleas.

The abuse of one girl was carried out when she was aged between nine and 16. The other when she was aged between eight and 17.

Prosecutor Angela Gray told an earlier hearing: “This case involves a criminal course of conduct systematically pursued by Griffiths.”

Griffiths, also of Edinburgh, first raped one girl when she was 14 and the other when she was aged between 16 and 17.

The offences took place when Griffiths was looking after the two girls while their mother was working.