Ian Watkins: 35 years for child abuse he called 'mega lolz'

Singer jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for string of child sex offences

LAST UPDATED AT 14:24 ON Wed 18 Dec 2013

LOSTPROPHETS singer Ian Watkins has been jailed for 35 years after admitting a string of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins was said to be shaking as he left the dock to audible cheers from the public gallery at his sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court.

The 36-year-old from Pontypridd pleaded guilty to 13 child sex offences last month but pleaded not guilty to rape. Two mothers of the abused children, known as Woman A and Woman B, also pleaded guilty to child abuse charges. Today, one woman was sentenced to seventeen years in prison, while the other was sentenced to fourteen years.

It emerged during the hearing that after his conviction last month Watkins told a female fan he would release a statement saying it had all been "mega lolz".

This morning, prosecutor Christopher Clee told the judge that Watkins had a conversation from Park Prison with a woman named Samantha on 27 November, reports the BBC.

In the call, Watkins denied being a paedophile and expressed exasperation at the way people had reacted to his guilty pleas. Using text-speak, he said: "I'm going to put out a statement on the 18th [December] just to say it was mega lolz. I do not know what everybody is getting so freaked out about."

Watkins, described in court as a "determined and committed paedophile", was arrested late last year after South Wales Police received a drugs tip. After raiding his home they found hard drives containing images, videos and conversations about him attacking children. He even used passwords on his computer such as: "If***kids".

His convictions included 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.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said that it is investigating three police forces – South Wales Police, South Yorkshire Police and Bedfordshire Police – over claims they failed to act quickly enough after receiving abuse allegations against Watkins. · 

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