The ex-Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was sentenced today to 29 years in prison and an extended six years on license for multiple counts of child sex offences.
Watkins’ two female accomplices have also been sentenced to 14 years for Mother A and 17 years for Mother B.
According to Wales Online the court were told about the severity of images found on Watkins’ hard drive. The court were told a phone call made from prison revealed Watkins had planned to make a statement saying his admission of sex offences was “megalolz.” On November 27, the day after he admitted he was a paedophile, he said of the court hearing: “It was like either me go up there and say ‘Come on, it wasn’t that bad, nobody got hurt’. I do my charm or do I end up making things worse for myself or do I just say I was off my head and can’t remember?”
Discussing his possible sentence, he added: “I’m going to put a statement on the 18th now just to say it was mega lols, I don’t know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.”
In another conversation the following day he said: “It’s so hard. There’s a lot of ****ing meaningless bull**** like chat that I did to show off when I was ****ing off my head.”
Watkins also stated “There was no medical evidence, nobody was harmed at all. I’m not a paedophile, I’m not. You know I plead (sic) guilty just to avoid a trial, not realising ‘Hang on, that makes me look a bit guilty’ but I would never harm anybody.”
Watkins’ main mitigation from his defense was that he deserves credit for his guilty plea, because it avoided the need for a trial.
On November 26th Watkins pleaded guilty to various child sex charges, including two accounts of attempting to rape a baby at Cardiff Crown Court.
The court was told earlier today that Watkins has been convicted for a total of 90 images of children – two at the highest Level 5, 45 at Level 4, 18 at Level Three, one at Level 2 and 24 at Level 1. He also had 22 graphic images of bestiality. He also told a probation officer he did not know what lengths he would have gone to with children had he not been arrested, the judge tells the court.
ITV News correspondent Rupert Evert said on twitter “photos found on [Watkins’] computer are of kids ranging between 2 and 14 years old.” He also stated that Watkins has been on 15 minute suicide checks during his remand.
According to Wales Online, trial prosecutor Chris Clee QC described Watkins as a ‘determined and committed paedophile.’
In relation to one of the cases, Watkins admitted to filming himself abusing the child.
ITV news correspondent Rupert Evelyn provided live details of the case over Twitter, stating (among other subjects) that the court has witnessed conversations on ‘whoring out’ child victims, sex abuse footage found in ‘cloud’ storage belonging to Watkins, extreme pornography involving sex with animals on devices belonging to Watkins and a sample of a child victims hair that had been exposed to Meth Amphetymne.
The court heard more details about the case relating to Ian Watkins that are too explicit to write.
DCI Peter Doyle of South Wales police has stated that this is the ‘most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence’ he’s ever seen and there is ‘no doubt’ in his mind that ‘Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children.’
The remaining members of Lostprophets (now offcially disbanded) made the following statement on the 30th November:
“Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge. But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.”