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Former Lostprophets man Ian Watkins discussed child abuse fantasies with girlfriend, court told

Joanne Mjadzelics is on trial for encouraging Lostprophets singer to distribute indecent images of children

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Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins fantasised about having a baby with his girlfriend so that they would have a child to sexually abuse, a court has been told.

Joanne Mjadzelics is in Cardiff Crown Court facing charges of possessing and distributing indecent images. 39-year-old Mjadzelics, from Doncaster, denies seven charges relating to the images and instead claims that she encouraged Watkins to send her pictures – and subsequently kept them – so she could expose him.

The BBC says that jurors heard excerpts from a sex tape the pair had made together in 2008, which included them talking about their desires to abuse young children together. Prosecuting lawyer Jim Davies told the court that the video, which was titled 'Jo paedo talk Cardiff' and was made four years before Watkins' arrest for a string of sex offences, showed them having sex and added: "While they were having sex they were talking about her getting pregnant so they could have a child to abuse."

The prosecution also read jurors extracts from an online conversation between Watkins and Mjadzelics in 2011, during which Watkins sent her indecent images of child abuse and she responded by telling him she wanted to "play for real and ruin little sluts' lives".

As the Guardian reports, meanwhile, Mjadzelics also told Watkins that she thought they had a "deep connection that couldn't be matched" in another online conversation and ended one of her messages by stating: "Child molesters till we die". She also referenced his sending of explicit material to her, telling him: "Part of me feels you get off on showing me stuff you can get away with, knowing that is what I have wanted since forever."

Mjadzelics faces four charges of possessing indecent images of children, two charges of distributing indecent images of children and one further charge of encouraging Watkins to send her an indecent image of a child. Although she has admitted to having the images in her possession, she insists she had only kept them to try and expose Watkins' crimes and bring him to justice.

The court was also told that, although she admitted to taking part in the online conversations with Watkins, her behaviour had been affected by her use of drugs. "I cannot deny that it's me but I cannot remember it and I am just disgusted," she said during her interviews with police. "I was a cokehead at the time. I was totally in love with the guy and I was saying things to... make him excited."

Watkins was jailed in December 2013 for 29 years plus six years on licence for a string of serious child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. In July last year, he lost an appeal to reduce his jail sentence after judges ruled that the "shocking depravity" of his crimes justified a lengthy custodial sentence.

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