Sex abuser Griffin has sentence reduced to 15 years
CONVICTED sex offender and gangland boss Christy Griffin has had his life sentence for the rape of his partner's teenage daughter reduced to 15 years.
Griffin is behind bars but will now be a free man in seven years after his appeal against the severity of his sentence. He has already served four years behind bars with a quarter remission for good behaviour; he is likely to serve a little over 11 years in total.
Griffin (42), of Ridgewood Green, Swords, Co Dublin, and formerly of Canon Lillis Avenue in the north inner city, learned from his prison cell that his bid had proved successful as Mr Justice Nial Fennelly found the trial judge had erred in imposing a life sentence on two counts of rape.
The three-judge Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA), with Mr Justice Fennelly presiding, said the trial judge, Mr Justice Paul Carney, appeared to have treated Griffin's criminal record, described as "horrendous", as including "so-called extraneous events" relating to "some form of feud" when he handed down the life sentence.
In those circumstances, Mr Justice Fennelly said the court would substitute a 15-year sentence for the life sentence.
A "very severe sentence" was warranted, given the youth of the girl, the quasi-parental relationship between her and Griffin, the trauma suffered by her, the length of time over which the offences were carried out and Griffin's failure to express any remorse.
The victim was eight years old when the first sexual assault occurred in 1993, while Griffin was 24.
After being forced to perform oral sex on Griffin when she was 13, the victim told her mother and grandmother about it. Her mother was upset but did not take any action.
Following the final rape at age 16 in 2001, the young woman left home a few months later and reported it to gardai in 2002.