Sex offender jailed for anally penetrating man in homeless shelter

Sex offender jailed for anally penetrating man in homeless shelter

A convicted sex offender who sexually assaulted his male room-mate in a homeless shelter has been jailed for six years.

Dundalk native John Griffin (45) told gardaí that he knew his room-mate wasn't gay but said: “I just fucking got the urge and just did it”.

He had ordered the victim to give him a “blow job” and when the victim refused Griffin threatened him that he would force him to do it. He then bent the victim over a bath and anally penetrated him without his consent.

Griffin told gardaí later that he felt horrible about his actions because “I know he didn’t like it at all, I just went ahead and did it.”

Griffin, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault at a hostel in Dublin between March 23 and April 1, 2015.

Garda Joanna McCormack told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that in July 1991 Griffin received a sentence of five years at the Central Criminal Court for offences of buggery and sexual assault.

She said he has no other convictions and had not come to any adverse garda attention since his release.

Judge Martin Nolan said this was at the highest range of the offence, which carries a maximum sentence ten years. He said it was an odious crime.

Gda McCormack said the victim had neurological issues and was vulnerable. Judge Nolan said Griffin knew about the victim's vulnerabilities.

The man was sharing a room with Griffin, who was of a physically much greater size than him. He told gardaí that he was very afraid of Griffin and was afraid to refuse his demands for sex.

In an earlier attack Griffin groped the victim while pleasuring himself. After the second, more serious, assault Griffin asked the victim if he had “liked it”. The victim told him he did because he was afraid to say no.

The incident became known to other men in the hostel and they wanted Griffin to leave. Griffin went to the hostel staff and told them he was gay and had “made a pass” on his roommate.

He told staff the other men from the hostel were “going to kill him”. He admitted he had done wrong and it was his fault and staff let him leave for his safety.

Griffin claimed later to gardaí that before carrying out the second assault he had asked the victim “are you gay or not?” He said the victim had said nothing in reply.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said his client was a single man who lived from hostel to hostel and had an over reliance on alcohol.

A victim impact report was handed in to the court but not read out. Before sentencing, Judge Nolan noted Griffin had co-operated with gardai, admitted the offences and expressed remorse.