February 18, 2014 15:15

Call made for inquiry into authorities' role in Ian Watkins paedophile case

The Lostprophets frontman was jailed for 29 years at the end of 2013

Call made for inquiry into authorities' role in Ian Watkins paedophile case

Photo: South Wales Police

A call has been made for an "educative" inquiry into the actions of the social services and police in the Ian Watkins case.

The Lostprophets singer was given a 29-year jail sentence at the end of last year and will spend a further six years on license after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences.

The former chairman of the British Association of Social Services, David Niven, has said there needs to be a large scale inquiry into what happened between social services and the police over the case, in order for institutions to learn from it. He commented: "Because of the numbers of children involved, the number of forces involved, the number of professional people involved in decision making, some kind of large inquiry really needs to happen that will be transparent and be educative for the rest of professionals up and down Wales and England."

BBC Wales writes that in 2008 social services were told about a girl who was pictured with a substance that was allegedly cocaine. Joanne Mjadzelics, Watkins' former lover, told the BBC's Week In Week Out that she sent the police and social services a picture of a girl of about four with a razor blade and a line of white power holding a rolled up £20. Watkins told her the substance was cocaine.

"Every time I knew that my complaints weren't going anywhere with the police I would back it up by going to social services and saying, 'Can't you do anything about this?'" said Mjadzelics. The BBC reports that Rhondda Cynon Taf council social services said that after receiving Mjadzelics' report, they took action "in line with agreed procedures". They did not comment on if a review into their actions at the time was currently taking place. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has however confirmed it is investigating three police forces over the case.

Last month it was revealed that Watkins has applied for permission to appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, which include the attempted rape of a baby. Watkins admitted in court to conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal. He pleaded not guilty to rape.

He was sentenced along with the mothers of two women of the children he abused. The women, known as A and B, were jailed for 14 and 17 years respectively. During sentencing, Judge Justice Royce said that Watkins posed a "significant risk" to women and children and that he and the co-defendants had plumbed "new depths of depravity" and that the case was so extreme it "breaks new ground". He told them: "Any decent person looking at or listening to material here would experience shock, revulsion, anger and incredulity."

South Wales Police are currently investigating whether Watkins also committed offences in Germany and America.

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