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Ex-lover Of LostProphets Sicko Ian Watkins Tried to Expose His Abuse

January 7, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, of Doncaster, England denies child abuse image charges and claims she only swapped indecent images and had explicit online conversations about child abuse with Watkins in an attempt to trap him.

Image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

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Her defence also blasted the prosecution, saying her trial was just a cover up for police failings.

Cardiff Crown Court has previously heard evidence taken from police interviews with Ms. Mjadzelics which described her relationship with Watkins, who was sentenced to 35 years for the attempted rape of a baby and other child sex abuse crimes.

She had admitted to the court to being totally in love with him but claimed she had come to realise his obsession with child abuse was wrong and had only stayed in contact with him and exchanged images as a means trying to bring him to justice.

The court heard how on numerous occasions, she had attempted to alert police, however the police refused to follow up on her claims.

Jurors also heard details of a sex video from 2008 in which they discussed in graphic and very disturbing details about abusing, raping and killing very young children.

Mjadzelics claims Watkins had prompted her off-camera about what she should say.

Ms. Mjadzelics said she first went to police with concerns in 2009 but was not taken seriously.

 

Defence barrister Michael Wolkind told the jury: “The cover-up continues. This is a dirty prosecution.

“Joanne Mjadzelics’ possession of indecent photographs was all part of her mission to catch Ian Watkins.

“This trial is a mission to cover up the failings of the police.”

“The police failed to protect babies from Watkins and mothers who donated their babies to him. To police, Joanne Mjadzelics became a nuisance who had been harassing that nice Mr. Watkins.”

Mr. Wolkind read out a letter from Watkins’ solicitors which the defendant had described as a gagging order after she claimed she had threatened to go to police in 2008.

He said it was because Watkins was desperate to to stop her from exposing him.

He told the jury babies could have been saved if his client had been taken seriously, but Watkins “was a famous rock star”.

Mr. Wolkind claimed police ignored her because she had worked as a prostitute and they believed she had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, even though that was not the case.

“She did pretty well in the face of incompetence from the police. If she had not kept on seeing Watkins would he and the two women be locked up now?

“She had a perfectly legitimate reason for having those indecent images.

“She desperately played along with Watkins in order to expose him,” he said.

“Let’s see if a jury cares if the police got it wrong for years,” he added.

Ms. Mjadzelics denies four charges of possessing indecent images of children, two charges of distributing images and a charge of encouraging and assisting the distribution of an indecent image of a child.

The trial has been adjourned until Wednesday.

From the BBC

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