Saturday 27 December 2014

Singer Ian Watkins admits two charges of attempting to rape a baby

Published 26/11/2013 | 14:30

Ian Watkins
Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who will stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of a raping a baby

Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has admitted two charges of attempting to rape a baby, Cardiff Crown Court heard today.

The former lead singer with multi-million selling band Lostprophets made a series of admissions in a last-minute change of plea ahead of what would have been his trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Paedophile Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, south Wales, insists he has no memory of what would have been key video evidence at the trial showing the abuse of his one-year-old victim, the court heard.

The tattooed singer pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences he had previously denied.

The charges included sexually touching a one-year-old and encouraging a crazed groupie to abuse her own child during a sordid webcam chat.

Watkins also admitted possessing and making child porn as well as launching the plot to rape a baby.

The disgraced rocker was originally charged with actual rape but insisted sex with the child did not take place during a drug-fuelled binge he says he was on at the time.

Watkins originally faced 24 separate charges - all sex offence related.

He pleaded guilty to 11 charges today, nine of which were unchanged and two of attempted baby rape, as opposed to rape.

Press Association

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