Meirion Griffiths: Chichester abuse vicar’s sentence appeal dismissed
A woman who was abused by a vicar when she was a teenager has spoken of her relief his sentence appeal failed.
Julie Macfarlane, who waived her right to anonymity, was assaulted by Meirion Griffiths, 81, in the mid-1970s.
Griffiths, who was jailed for eight years in February, had told her the abuse was “what God wanted”, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.
Ms Macfarlane hopes the failure of his appeal will “encourage other victims and survivors to come forward”.
She said she was “delighted and relieved that justice has been done” after three judges dismissed the appeal against his sentence.
At the time of the offences Griffiths was a Church of England vicar at St Pancras Church in Chichester.
He was convicted of four counts of indecently assaulting Ms Macfarlane and another woman.
He was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault against Ms Macfarlane, one of them involving multiple occasions.
She told the BBC she was 16 when she went to Griffiths to discuss doubts about her faith.
“That was when the first of what was a year-long of sexual assaults happened,” she said.
Griffiths was also convicted of two counts of indecent assault against a woman in her mid-20s in 1982.