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Ex of paedophile rock star Ian Watkins is cleared of possessing indecent images of children

Published January 14, 2015 by misty534

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The ex-girlfriend of convicted paedophile rock star Ian Watkins has been cleared of possessing indecent images of children.

It was alleged that Joanne Mjadzelics was obsessed with the Lostprophets singer and would do anything to fuel his depraved desires.

But Mjadzelics, 39, of Doncaster, claimed she was trying to entrap him by collecting evidence of his sex offending.

After more than 14 hours of deliberations, the jury at Cardiff Crown Court cleared her of four counts of possessing indecent images of a child, one of incitingWatkins to send her illegal photographs and two of sending pictures to Watkins.

The court heard that Mjadzelics embarked on a three-year campaign to try and bring Watkins to justice.

Watkins was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of sexual offences – including the attempted rape of a fan’s baby. Two female accomplices were also given lengthy prison terms as well.

Jail: former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins 

Mjadzelics said she was prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to entrap the disgraced singer after saying her complaints about him were not taken seriously by police.

As well as continuing to sleep with Watkins, she also risked jail by getting him to send indecent images of children and have online sex conversations about abusing children.

The 39-year-old mother-of-one insisted the lurid chats as well as her apology to Watkins for threatening to report him were all an act to collect evidence.

Mjadzelics wept after being told by Judge Eleri Rees she was free to go.

The London Evening Standard

Ex-girlfriend of jailed paedophile Ian Watkins ‘shared fantasies of child abuse’ in sex tape

Published January 5, 2015 by misty534

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An ex-girlfriend of jailed paedophile Ian Watkins made a sex tape with him in which they shared fantasies of having a child together so they could rape and kill it, a court heard today.

Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, is accused of encouraging the Lostprophets singer – jailed for 35 years for trying to rape a baby – to distribute indecent images of children.

But Mjadzelics denies the allegations against her, claiming she was trying to trap the musician and help bring him to justice.

Cardiff Crown Court heard police discovered the recording, which was made in a Cardiff hotel in February 2008, after Watkins’ arrest.

When they played it they saw him and Mjadzelics having sex and discussing their fantasies of child abuse, jurors heard.

Investigators also found evidence of online sex chats between Mjadzelics and Watkins, the court was told.

She was arrested in January 2013 as part of Operation Globe – a worldwide investigation into Watkins’ paedophile activities.

Mjadzelics accepts she was in possession of four indecent images of children, had sent an indecent image of a child and had twice encouraged Watkins to send her an image of child rape.

But she told police after her arrest that she had a legitimate reason for keeping the images in order to trap Watkins and bring him to justice.

During a 90-minute interview with officers from South Wales Police at Doncaster police station, Mjadzelics declined a solicitor and insisted: “I haven’t done anything.”

She told the police she was “disgusted” at what she was saying in the video but said it to “get him off” during sex and it was all a “fantasy”.

She told officers: “It seems really stupid but I was just totally in love. I knew that’s what got him off and I just said things to get him off.

“I was totally in love with him and I would say anything to keep him. I am just disgusted.”

The court heard extracts from the 68-page transcript of the video in which Mjadzelics discusses with Watkins raping a baby and murdering a young girl.

Asked about them, Mjadzelics replies to detectives: “It’s fantasy talk. I never had any intention of having a kid or raping a kid.

“It’s all stuff that he’s said before. It’s stuff that got him off. He would say stuff to me so I knew what would get him off.

“I can’t explain why I said all the things. I never wanted to do it. It was the only dirty thoughts that got him off.”

Mjadzelics told police that she had taken cocaine with and without Watkins but after she had stopped using the drug she realised the conversations with him were wrong.

She said she met up with him in 2011 as “I wanted to get him to trust me”.

She added: “I needed to get something on him and the only way to get that was to discuss it.

“I had been telling him to speak to the police and he made me sign a gagging order to try and shut me up.”

Mjadzelics, of Thorne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire denies four charges of possessing indecent images of children, two charges of distributing indecent images of children and one charge of encouraging Watkins to send her an indecent image of a child, which are alleged to have taken place between May and September 2011.

Judge Eleri Rees, the Recorder of Cardiff, adjourned the trial until tomorrow.

London Evening Standard

Eighth cop probed over claims they knew Ian Watkins was paedophile but FAILED to stop him

Published October 13, 2014 by misty534

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AN EIGHTH police officer is being probed amid allegations they failed to stop Ian Watkins – despite being told he was a paedophile, it emerged today.

Several officers have reportedly been quizzed after claims surfaced that they were told about the Lostprophets frontman, 37, before he tried to rape a baby – with the number of cops questioned now reaching reaching eight.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is speaking to officers from three forces for allegedly failing to act on information they were given about the twisted pervert.

South Wales Police – which covers Watkins’ home town of Pontypridd –  and the two forces responsible for the areas in which two resident women “offered” their children to Watkins, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police, are the subject of the enquiry.

The IPCC will now quiz an eighth officer – the fourth from the Yorkshire force – as it tries to uncover whether more should have been done to halt the singer’s sickening crime wave.

A spokesman for the watchdog said: “The IPCC has served a misconduct notice on a South Yorkshire Police constable as part of its ongoing investigation into the force’s handling of information about Ian Watkins in 2012.

“Three South Yorkshire Police officers served with gross misconduct notices have already been interviewed by IPCC investigators.

“An interview with the fourth officer will take place in the near future.”

The IPCC said it has received a substantial amount of documentation from the three forces being questioned by investigators.

We are continuing to gather and analyse information to establish what steps were taken by police in response to the allegations made against Ian Watkins.

“And whether he could have been brought to justice sooner and whether his celebrity status had any impact on those investigations.”

The IPCC is looking at the “effectiveness of their response to reports of abuse” – after claims suggest Watkins was reported to police as early as 2008.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how he attempted to rape a baby in a hotel room in Shepherds Bush, London, in April 2012. The singer was jailed for 35 years last year after admitting a string of vile sex offences.

Max Evens

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies child rape charges

Published June 4, 2013 by misty534

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Rock singer Ian Watkins has appeared in court to deny almost two dozen sex offence charges including two of raping a baby.

The front man for rock band Lostprophets appeared before Cardiff Crown Court, south Wales, in a plea hearing via video-link.

Two women, aged 20 and 24, also denied sexual offences against children. Both appeared via video-link. Neither can be named for legal reasons.

Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, south Wales, denied 23 separate charges, among them for the first time two allegations he raped a baby, aged one at the time.

One of the two women allegedly involved is accused of aiding and abetting him to carry it out.

Watkins, whose band has sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide, is also accused of aiding and abetting the sexual assault of a child.

He also faces a series of charges for possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

He is also accused of possessing extreme images depicting a person having sex with an animal.

The oldest of the alleged offences dates back to 2007.

The clerk in court today confirmed after the hearing that Watkins had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

She confirmed that he appeared via video-link from where he is being held in custody at Parc Prison, Bridgend.

She added that both he and the two women are collectively accused of a total of 32 offences. All three deny all the charges.

Recorder of Cardiff judge Eleri Rees adjourned proceedings until Thursday for a case management hearing at the same court.

Legal teams from all sides are expected by then to know the availability of expert witnesses integral to their cases.

Judge Rees is expected to be able to set a date for the eventual trial of Watkins and the two women.

All three remain remanded in custody.

 

 

by John Hall