Dawn Griggs.
Dawn Griggs. The Northern Star

Human rights, learning are murdered woman's legacy

DAWN Griggs' son Adam Spinner, of Mullumbimby, says his mother's brutal rape and murder in India has not affected his love for humanity.

Dawn's attackers were found guilty over the weekend, in India, and Mr Spinner says his family was pleased that the case was almost over.

However, until he has read the actual evidence of what happened on that horrible night four years ago he cannot achieve full closure.

“We are happy with the result, happy that a conviction has been recorded,” he said.

Mr Spinner said his mother was an inspiration to many and taught him from an early age to embrace the world and appreciate cultural diversity.

“My mother was a great networker,” he said. “She constantly brought people together to exchange information, and to build projects together.”

Dawn embraced all manner of humanity. At one point the English teacher, who wrote a master's thesis on her passion for lifelong learning, had previously taught English to non-English-speaking inmates of Long Bay jail.

Just before her murder she had been asked to speak on lifelong learning in Europe and China to a group of teachers.

Mr Spinner said his mother's appreciation of human rights and her commitment to learning would be her legacy.

Asked whether his mother's rape and murder in India had tainted his view of that country and its people, Mr Spinner said 'no'.

“On the same day my mother was murdered children were brutally attacked in Sydney,” he said. “There are bad people everywhere.”

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