Paedophile singer’s ex tells jury police ‘ignored’ her baby rape claims

Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, from Doncaster, the ex-girlfriend of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, accused of possessing and distributing indecent images, arrives at Cardiff Crown Court. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, from Doncaster, the ex-girlfriend of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, accused of possessing and distributing indecent images, arrives at Cardiff Crown Court. Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A Doncaster woman told a court she was ignored when she took a mother later convicted of plotting to let rock star Ian Watkins rape her baby to the police.

Joanne Mjadzelics, aged 39, of Thorne Road, Doncaster, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of possessing and distributing child sex abuse images.

She claims she was trying to trap her former lover Watkins after the authorities failed to arrest him following her reports.

Lostprophets singer Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison for numerous child sex abuse offences including the attempted rape of a baby.

Giving evidence in her defence Mjadzelics said she told police the woman was ‘totally obsessed with Watkins’ and her baby ‘would be raped’ but her claims were dismissed.

She claimed that she replied: “I’ll put a bullet in his head to stop him doing it.”

Mjadzelics claimed police force records labelled her a ‘nut job’.

“He was getting off on the fact he was getting away with it,” she said.

In an online sex chat revealed to the court, Mjadzelics and Watkins discussed incest while acting out being brother and sister, cross dressing, detailing child abuse and discussing kidnapping a brother and sister from outside a school, killing one and raping the other.

Mjadzelics told the court her relationship with Watkins started after she contacted the Lostprophets’ Myspace account in 2006 to arrange tickets for a gig and quickly turned sordid.

In September 2007, Mjadzelics told the jury Watkins had described raping a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles and at Christmas, she claimed, he sent her an indecent photograph of a five year old girl, who he described as ‘super flirty’, posing with cocaine.

“He just said ‘You know what little girls are like’,” she told the court.

“My heart sank because it made me ill.”

Fighting back tears, Mjadzelics told the jury she split with the singer in 2008 because of that picture.

“I was completely confused. I was totally in love with the man, yet he sent me this picture,” she said.

“How could I be in love with a man that sends that image? And he lied saying he only got her to pose with the picture as a joke.”

Mjadzelics said she saw the singer again on a couple of occasions in 2010 where she claimed he tried to get her to snort heroin before showing her a film on his laptop.

“The first thing I saw was a child crying and screaming and I saw a video of a young girl being raped,” she told jurors.

“I looked at him and I just saw an evil smirk on his face. He was looking for a reaction and all I did was cry and I said he had to go.”

The defendant told the court she decided to ‘play’ Watkins at his own game to trap him, saying she had ‘never met anyone as sick and depraved’.

Her lawyers told the jury the ordeal had affected her health and caused her to take overdoses in suicide attempts.

She had also faked her own death by putting an obituary online in order to distance herself from Watkins.

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

The trial continues.