Warning to get 'consent for sex' from rapist's mumBy Victoria Smith
June 19, 2012
A mother has issued a warning to young men to make sure they have consent before sex after speaking of her shock at her “genuine, caring” son’s conviction of rape.
Brett Griffin, 29, was jailed for five years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life after being unanimously convicted by a jury at Reading Crown Court last month.
The delivery driver was sentenced for raping a 21-year-old woman in the bedroom of his home in Rosemary Avenue, Lower Earley.
His mum Sally Griffin, 67, said: “We are devastated at the jail sentence and are all of the opinion that Brett is innocent and by his lovely nature would not commit rape.
“He’s a genuine, caring young man loved by everyone who knows him and no one believes he is capable of doing something like this.”
The court heard that the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was asleep when Griffin began having sex with her and then leapt off when she woke.
The woman denied she had consented to sex, despite Griffin’s claims she showed no resistance and was moaning and groaning as he massaged her and things became more intimate.
Griffin admitted she appeared ‘off with him’ the next day before he drove her home and later sent her an apologetic text which the prosecution claimed was an admission of guilt.
A jury took just over five hours to reach its verdict.
Asked how she felt, Mrs Griffin said: “Disbelief. I was gutted, it was just disbelief. It took half an hour for it to sink in. It was devastating because I believed he was innocent all the way through. I never believed otherwise.
“Brett would never have pushed or pressured anyone into anything like this. He takes people at face value and doesn’t see bad in anybody. He’s just a lovely guy. He was devastated when these accusations were brought against him.”
Griffin is the second youngest of four children and attended Maiden Erlegh School before studying at Henley College. He has a child with another woman.
Mrs Griffin said that Brett “genuinely thought [the woman] was consenting”. Warning other young men, she said: “I think they [young men] should be very wary, and be absolutely certain they have consent, and the only way to be certain is to get the woman to sign her consent, or they could end up like my son.”
Griffin’s conviction has caused a huge stir on The Wokingham Times' sister paper’s website getreading.co.uk, where friends of Griffin and the woman have exchanged written blows over what they believe to be the truth.
His Facebook page features a profile image of the words ‘Not Guilty’ written in graffiti font.
Describing her son as “happy, outgoing and full of fun”, Mrs Griffin feared her son’s personality might change while he serves his sentence at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire.
He has begun an accountancy course there and also started attending the gym.
“I’m going through time with him,” she said. “It has hit us all very hard, particularly the first few days.
“He has been taken away from his family and doting son. It’s been like living in a bad dream, but you don’t wake up.
“Unless any concrete evidence comes up in his favour it will be hard to appeal, but we will give him all the support we can and his friends will stick by him.
“They all believe he’s innocent.”