Joanne Mjadzelics charged by police with possessing and distributing indecent images of children
An ex-girlfriend of Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been charged with seven counts of possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Joanne Mjadzelics will appear before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on March 21. The Crown Prosecution Service says there is “sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest” to charge Ms Mjadzelics and has charged her with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image, reports BBC News.
Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: “As part of a wider police investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service was asked by South Wales Police to review evidence files relating to alleged offences committed by Joanne Mjadzelics.”
“I have reviewed this evidence in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors and concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Joanne Mjadzelics with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.”
Earlier this year Watkins applied for permission to appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, which include the attempted rape of a baby. The singer was given a 29-year jail sentence at the end of last year (December 18) and will spend a further six years on licence after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences.
South Wales Police is currently investigating whether Watkins also committed offences in Germany and America. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has also confirmed it is investigating three police forces over the case.