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Mum who plotted with Ian Watkins to abuse her baby comitted greatest betrayal

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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Disgraced singer Ian Watkins

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The 21-year-old woman who allowed sex-crazed rock frontman Ian Watkins to abuse her baby committed the greatest betrayal a mother could do, a judge has said.

The obsessed fan was almost half Watkins’ age when she first met the singer in around 2008.

She and Watkins began a sexual relationship and the rocker filmed their sex sessions when she was just aged 16.

When the woman fell pregnant by another man, Watkins soon ditched the groupie - knowing full well there were plenty of other girls who demand his attention.

However, after her relationship with her child’s father broke down she got back in contact with Watkins – and his manipulation of her became even more sinister.

Between March and April last year, the pair plotted together how they planned to abuse her baby.

And what Watkins tried to dismiss as just “fantasy”, became reality when he and the woman sexually abused the child when it was just 11 months old.

Mr Justice Royce said: “That you were manipulated by Watkins may be obvious, but you were a mother. A mother naturally loves, protects, shields, nurtures and cherishes. Your infant would have trusted you implicitly. You totally betrayed that trust.

“Could there be a greater betrayal?”

The Judge said a psychiatric report said Woman A did not appear to be suffering from a mental illness at the time she carried out the abuse.

He also acknowledged her guilty plea to the six offences she had been charged with. They included attempting to perform oral sex on her own child as well as aiding and abetting Watkins to try and have full sex with the child. She also pleaded guilty to sexually touching the child.

In mitigation Woman A’s barrister Jonathan Fuller disputed an argument by Watkins that she was as equally responsible as him.

He said that his client had been “corrupted” by Watkins.

“He darkened her world with drugs and even injected her with heroin,” said Mr Fuller.

“She sacrificed her own moral compass so she could sustain a relationship with a man she was obsessed with.

“She was a girl doing her A-levels. He was in the limelight and a rock star.

“She was vulnerable and exploited.”

Mr Fuller added that Woman A fully accepted her actions and had shown genuine remorse.

He also said her “coping mechanism” while on remand had been to self harm.

Mr Justice Royce said: “It is said that you appear genuinely devastated for the harm you have caused your child and how his future will be affected.”

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