January 2023

Whitehaven man jailed over child rapes and other offences

A Whitehaven man has been jailed for nine years and put on the Sex Offender Register for life after a jury convicted him of raping a primary school aged child

Gary Griffiths, 51, had previously admitted two sex offences against the same vicitm but denied three further allegations: raping the schoolgirl, attempting to rape her, and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

After a trial at Carlisle Crown Court, a jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts for all three of the charges he denied.

Sentencing the defendant today, Recorder Neil Usher told Griffiths that he will be eligible for release after serving six years.

The defendant, of Rudds Court, Whitehaven, showed no emotion as he was taken away to begin serving his sentence.