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Ian Watkins Bio

Ian David Karslake Watkins is a Welsh former singer, songwriter, musician and convicted sex offender. He achieved prominence as a founding member, lead vocalist, and lyricist of the rock band Lostprophets. In 2013, Watkins was sentenced to 29 years imprisonment for sexual offenses including assault of young children. Lostprophets disbanded in the same year.

Ian Watkins Age

He is 42 years old.

Ian Watkins Early life, Education

Watkins was born in Merthyr Tydfil and later moved to Pontypridd, where he attended Hawthorn High School with future bandmate Mike Lewis. He completed a degree in graphic design from the University of Wales, Newport, graduating with first-class honours.

 

Ian Watkins Career

Lewis’ and Watkins’ mutual enjoyment of rock and metal music strengthened their friendship, leading them, as teenagers in 1991, to form a group called Aftermath, a thrash metal band that played in a shed in Watkins’ garden. Whilst spending time in the local Ynysangharad Park, where (17 years later) Lostprophets would headline the Full Ponty festival, Watkins was introduced to future bandmate Lee Gaze through a mutual friend. Having abandoned Aftermath, which made two live appearances in its lifespan of two years, Watkins and Gaze decided to form a new band called Fleshbind, based on their American hardcore punk influences. The band played several shows, including one supporting Feeder in London, but the group was short-lived.

Watkins reunited with Mike Lewis as a drummer in a hardcore band called Public Disturbance, formed in 1995. By this time, Watkins and Gaze had left Fleshbind to create their own band, Lost Prophets, who made their live debut in May 1997 alongside Public Disturbance, with Watkins as the lead vocalist. In 1998, Watkins left Public Disturbance to concentrate on the newly named Lostprophets (all lower-case letters).

Ian Watkins Sexual offenses

On 19 December 2012, Watkins was charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a one-year-old girl, and with possession and/or distribution of indecent images of children and “extreme animal pornography”, charges that were heard at Cardiff magistrates court. He was remanded in custody as were his two female co-accused. His barrister said Watkins would deny the accusations. On 31 December, he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video link from HM Prison Parc in Bridgend, and was remanded in custody until 11 March 2013. The case was adjourned until May, with the trial date set for 15 July. At a hearing on 3 June, he denied the charges via a video link.

Ian Watkins Trial

On 6 June, it was announced that the trial would start on 25 November and was expected to last a month. A previous application for the court venue to be moved outside Wales was denied. On 26 November, Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, but not guilty to rape. This was accepted by the prosecution. He further pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal. Watkins’ victims included a baby boy, and he sent a text message to the mother of one, saying: “If you belong to me, so does your baby. South Wales Police’s investigation into Watkins, codenamed “Operation Globe”, required the cooperation of GCHQ to decrypt a hidden drive on his laptop, which was found to contain video of his abuses. On 27 November, the day after his guilty plea had been accepted by the prosecution, Watkins referred to his sex offences as “mega lolz” in a recorded phone call made from HM Prison Parc to a female fan.

A sentencing hearing was held at Cardiff on 18 December 2013. In mitigation, Watkins’ barrister, Sally O’Neill QC, said that her client had no recollection of the case involving the attempted rape, but had “belatedly realised the gravity of what happened” having developed an “obsession” with videoing himself having sex. Mr Justice Royce sentenced Watkins to 29 years in prison, with eligibility to apply for parole after serving two-thirds of his prison term, followed by six years of supervised release. His two co-defendants, mothers of his victims known as “Woman A” and “Woman B”, received sentences of 14 and 17 years’ imprisonment, respectively. The judge said the case “plunged into new depths of depravity”. A senior investigating officer on the case described Watkins as a “committed, organised paedophile” and “potentially the most dangerous sex offender” he had ever seen.

Ian Watkins Jailed

Watkins was transferred from HM Prison Parc, where he had been incarcerated while on remand, to HM Prison Wakefield to begin serving his sentence. He was transferred to HM Prison Long Lartin on 25 January 2014, so that he could be closer to his mother after she had a kidney transplant. He was subsequently transferred to HM Prison Rye Hill. On 9 October 2017, Watkins was accused of grooming a young mother from prison. As of March 2018, he was back at HMP Wakefield.

Ian Watkins Possession of mobile phone in prison

It was revealed earlier this week that Watkins “put the mobile phone up his anus to hide it from prison officers”.

Now, the convicted sex offender has been sentenced to a further 10 months in prison. It comes on top of the current 29-year sentence he’s currently serving for a string of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins denied the charge, saying that he was forced to hold onto the phone by two inmates, who wanted to use women who were contacting Watkins by mail as a “revenue stream”, Sky News reports.

He then refused when asking to name the men in court, but said they were “murderers and handy”. “You would not want to mess with them,” he added.

Read more at https://www.nme.com/news/music/lostprophets-frontman-ian-watkins-sentenced-10-months-prison-possessing-mobile-phone-2536814#0d3K7kpmrvKo624s.99

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