Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bandmates of paedophile Ian Watkins tweet comment on his conviction

Convicted paedophile Ian Watkins with former girlfriend Fearne Cotton. (Photo: Rex)
Convicted paedophile Ian Watkins with former girlfriend Fearne Cotton. (Photo: Rex)
A police photo of Ian Watkins who has pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences.
Ian Watkins will be sentenced on 18 December.
Lostprophets split earlier this year

Former bandmates of paedophile singer Ian Watkins have expressed their relief that justice has been served after he pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences.

Co-founding Lostprophets member and lead guitarist Lee Gaze - alongside rhythm guitarist Mike Lewis, bass player Stuart Richardson, keyboard player Jamie Oliver and drummer Luke Johnson - were left in a "state of shock" when news broke that someone they regarded as a close friend was a devious paedophile.

In a statement issued last year, the group said they had only found out about the singer being charged by the police after Watkins' first court appearance at Cardiff Magistrates Court.

The remaining members kept a dignified silence on the matter, despite receiving scores of abusive messages from internet trolls.

But lead guitarist Gaze could not hide his relief on a social networking site when learning that Watkins had pleaded guilty.

After re-tweeting a message about Watkins from an account called '@UKpaedosnamed', the six stringer wrote: "That was over quick. Thank f***.

"Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now."

The bands website  was shut down with a message saying all future tour dates were cancelled and their Facebook page has not been updated since October.

Meanwhile TV presenter Fearne Cotton, who dated Ian Watkins several years ago has not made any comment on his conviction. 

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