Paedophile singer’s Doncaster ex-girlfriend cleared of child porn charges

Joanne Mjadzelics outside Cardiff Crown Court, while her solicitor Dale Harries looks on, after the former girlfriend of paedophile rocker Ian Watkins was cleared of possessing indecent images of children.

Joanne Mjadzelics outside Cardiff Crown Court, while her solicitor Dale Harries looks on, after the former girlfriend of paedophile rocker Ian Watkins was cleared of possessing indecent images of children.

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A Doncaster woman who was once the girlfriend of paedophile rocker Ian Watkins has been cleared of possessing indecent images of children.

The prosecution alleged that ex-prostitute Joanne Mjadzelics was obsessed with the Lostprophets singer and would do anything to fuel his depraved desires.

But a jury accepted that Mjadzelics, aged 39, of Thorne Road, 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 inciting Watkins 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.

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.

Outside court, a tearful Ms Mjadzelics thanked her legal team for believing in her when “no one else did”.

Her trial heard she reported Watkins to police and social services in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 to raise the alarm over his child sex crimes.

Speaking to reporters, she said: “It’s been me against the world, really. Me protecting the kids when everyone else called me liar, psycho - everything else - lie after lie.

“Let’s just see how many kids could have been saved if the police had done their job.

“I’ve nothing to say to the police. This was a vicious prosecution.”

Her solicitor Dale Harris said the jury’s verdict confirmed his client had a legitimate reason for her actions.

He said: “This was a spiteful prosecution of a woman who, over a four-year period, single-handedly and doggedly pursued a campaign to force the sleeping authorities to wake up to the reality of the appalling crimes against children she feared Ian Watkins was committing.

“In December 2008, Ms Mjadzelics first reported Watkins to both South Wales Police and to social services.

“But instead of taking her claims seriously, the police rejected them and dismissed her allegations as those of a disguntled ex-partner with mental health issues.

“The initial flawed inquiry infected every subsequent report she made to the police.”

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