Operation Globe: Woman charged with indecent images offences

Ian Watkins former girlfriend Joanne Mjadzelics

Ian Watkins’ former girlfriend Joanne Mjadzelics

 

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with offences relating to the possession and distribution of indecent images.

Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

“As part of a wider police investigation, the CPS 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.

“Accordingly, I have authorised South Wales Police to charge Ms Mjadzelics with these offences and she has been bailed to appear before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on 21 March.

“May I remind all concerned that Joanne Mjadzelics has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”

Notes to Editors:

Joanne Mjadzelics has been charged with:

• Four counts of possession of an indecent image of a child (level 4), contrary to Section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (offences dated between 7 May 2011 and 16 May 2011)

• Two counts of distributing an indecent image of a child (level 1), contrary to Section 1 (1)(b) of the Protection of Children Act 1978 (offences dated 30 September 2011)

• One count of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence of distributing and indecent image of a child, contrary to Section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (offence dated between 9 May 2011 and 17 May 2011)

The full charges are set out as follows:

1. On the 7th May 2011 you were in possession of an indecent image of a child (level 4) Contrary to S.160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988

2. On the 8th May 2011 you were in possession of an indecent image of a child (level 4) Contrary to S.160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988

3. On the 8th May 2011 you were in possession of an indecent image of a child (level 4) Contrary to S.160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988

4. On the 16th May 2011 you were in possession of an indecent image of a child (level 4) Contrary to S.160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988

5. Between the 9th May 2011 and the 17th May 2011 you did an act, namely asked Ian Watkins to send you an indecent image of a child, which was capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of an either way offence, namely distributing an indecent image of a child, believing that the offence would be committed and that your act would encourage or assist in its commission. Contrary to S.45 of the Serious Crime Act 2007

6. On the 30th September 2011 you distributed an indecent image of a child (level 1) Contrary to S.1 (1)(b) Protection of Children Act 1978

7. On the 30th September 2011 you distributed an indecent image of a child (level 1) Contrary to S.1 (1)(b) Protection of Children Act 1978

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7 responses to “Operation Globe: Woman charged with indecent images offences

  1. twisted dreams

    Don’t be so quick to assume. She was in it up to her neck with Watkins, and her behaviour since has been peculiar and unsavoury.

    • K

      I agree twisted dreams, something is completely off about her conduct. She admitted going back for more. Surely you would not want to be anywhere near that?? She had her own child to keep safe. Report it by all means. Try and warn people with children. But don’t use it as a big attention seeking exercise. Will be interested to see how this unfolds

      • Kacey

        She does come over as a bit of a wild woman, but in fairness I think she went back to Watkins in the hope that she would find more evidence and then the police would take her seriously and arrest him. Remember they had brushed off her complaints, and even threatened to have her arrested for allegedly stalking Watkins!

        Think about it; if she had not gone back to Watkins, 1) Watkins might not have been arrested, or 2) had he been arrested through some other way, people would then be slating her for NOT telling the Police! As I understand, it was her ‘ferreting work’ that led the Police to Woman A and Woman B, the two women who allowed Watkins to abuse their own babies!

        I think, on balance, she’s not doing this as an attention-seeking exercise, rather she’s trying to raise awareness that the police were, to say the least, very slow in apprehending Watkins.

        I think, far from being condemned, Joanne Mjadzelics should be commended for ferreting out Watkins. Certainly it was unsavoury to go back to him, but I think her motives for doing so were good and honourable. As the Americans say, “sometimes you gotta get down and dirty in the gutter” to expose the truth.

  2. Mazoo

    It seems she has been punished! Reports say that when she first went to police in 2008 they said she had no evidence, she gets evidence and they prosecute her.

  3. Paul Tootall

    Wasn’t this when she was trying to get the police to take action against him and trying to report him for all of this. Wonder what else she knows and if they are trying to section/jail her like that seem to have so many other people in this country trying to report establishment pedophiles!!!!