Saturday 21 April 2018

Ian Watkins given court date as he appeals against baby rape sentence

Former Lostprophets' singer Ian Watkins received 35 years for sex offences
Former Lostprophets' singer Ian Watkins received 35 years for sex offences

Ian Watkins will stand in front of a court next week as he launches an appeal against his sentence for the attempted rape of a baby

He first lodged the appeal in January in a bid to shorten his 35-year prison sentence, but has now been given a date for his appearance at Cardiff Crown Court – Wednesday 23 July.

The former Lostprophets frontman was sentenced to a custodial term of 29 years and a further six years on licence, in December 2013.

The 36-year-old admitted to the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, but pleaded not guilty to rape.

He also confessed to conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

His two accomplices, Woman A and Woman B, were each jailed for 14 years and 16 years.

The singer sexually touched a groupie's 11-month-old baby, before attempting to have penetrative sex with the child. He also encouraged a second fan to abuse her child during a webcam chat and secretly stashed child abuse videos, some of which he had created himself.

Trial judge Mr Justice Royce told Watkins in December: "Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground.

"I am satisfied that you are a deeply corrupting influence, you are highly manipulative, you are a sexual predator, you are dangerous. The public and, in particular, young females need protection from you."

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