Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleads GUILTY to attempted rape

Rock singer Ian Watkins was today described as a 'determined and committed paedophile' after he admitted attempting to rape a fan's 11-month-old baby son along with 10 other child sex offences.Watkins, 36, former lead singer of the Lostprophets, changed his plea at the start of his trial this afternoon, but claimed he could not remember the 'depraved' abuse because he was high on crystal meth. He pleaded guilty to attempting to rape the 11-month-old baby of a fan 'Woman A' and conspiring to rape the baby daughter of another fan 'Woman B'.The two fans, both in their twenties and from different parts of England, are also facing jail after admitting their role in the sex offences on their own children.Cardiff Crown Court heard Watkins was videoed committing the depraved acts and was 'clearly identifiable' because of his many tattoos and his voice.But Watkins claimed not to remember doing it because he was a 'heavy user' of class A drugs including Crystal Meth at the time.Watkins spoke only to enter his pleas as he admitted attempting to rape the baby.The singer, dressed in a three-piece dark blue suit, also admitted sexually assaulting the baby by touching him.A laptop seized from Watkins's home was password protected and was later sent to GCHQ to have it 'cracked.'Experts found the password was an obscene reference to child abuse and contained a cache of extreme pornography.
After the star finally admitted what he had done, Prosecuting QC Chris Clee gave details of his sickening crimes.He said: 'Ian Watkins was the lead singer of a successful band called the Lostprophets.
'He was also a determined and committed paedophile engaged in serious sex offences involving of two babies.'Mr Clee read aloud to the court a series of text and internet messages between Watkins and two female co-defendants.Watkins and Woman A swapped messages where the frontman spoke of his desire to 'make him mine' and to 'cross the line'.They also spoke of plans to blow crystal-meth smoke into the child's face at a secret meet up in a Cardiff hotel.And on March 23, Watkins sent the woman a message saying he wanted a 'summer of filthy child porn' and how he wanted to take things 'to the next level'.Mr Clee also gave details of a sickening 17-minute video involving Watkins and Woman A.Mr Clee said camcorder footage was shot in a London hotel room which showed Watkins perform a sex act on the child.Computer analysts found the footage uploaded to an online cloud storage facility.Mr Clee said that following this meeting, the pair exchanged emails about how they would not go 'easy' on the child next time.The prosecutor told the judge that both of his attempted rape admissions were accepted, despite Watkins facing rape charges.He acknowledged that there was an argument regarding what key video evidence seized from Watkins's laptop actually showed.'From the footage, there is an argument as to whether the full offence is made out,' he told judge Mr Justice Royce.'If it is made out, it is minimal. There is so little difference between the full attempt and the attempt as to make no difference.'We are prepared to accept the pleas as tendered.'He also told the judge that the prosecution had in mind the effect on the jury of watching the explicit video footage - at previous hearings discussed arranging counselling for jurors who might need it.
As talk of sentence was discussed in court, a pale faced and grey haired Watkins began shaking in the dock.It emerged that he was filmed committing the sex acts on the baby boy the day after Lostprophets final album Weapons was released.Watkins appeared on BBC Radio 1 just hours before the incident in April last year.The baby's mother, Woman A, admits aiding and abetting the attempted rapes on her son.She also admits sexually touching the child and taking photographs, before sending them to Watkins.Watkins also admitted conspiring to rape and sexually touch the daughter of the second fan.He admits aiding and abetting Woman B to touch her daughter while he watched on Skype.An earlier court hearing was told police had 72 pages of conversations between the pair online talking about their sexual relationship.Woman B mentioned she had a daughter of a young age and Watkins said: 'Bring her along as well.'She said she was getting the child ready for their meeting together - and 'what they all will do together' when they meet up.The prosecution said the investigation led police to discover Woman B and Watkins had met once in a hotel in Cardiff.

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