Paedo Ian Watkins 'depraved' sex crimes and sentence as he's stabbed in prison

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Paedo Ian Watkins
Paedo Ian Watkins 'depraved' sex crimes and sentence as he's stabbed in prison

Disgraced Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is in a critical condition after three 'heavy duty' prison inmates held him hostage for six hours and stabbed him in the neck as part of a 'targeted attack.'

The 46-year-old predator was freed by a 'Tornado' team of specially trained riot officers who hurled a stun grenade into the cell after storming the wing at HMP Wakefield.

The prison has been dubbed 'Monster Mansion' for housing some of the UK's most notorious criminals.

A source told the Sunday Mirror that paedophile Watkins had been 'battered' in the attack with paramedics seen giving him life-saving treatment.

The former frontman was sentenced to a 35 year sentence after being convicted of a string of 'depraved' crimes against young children, which included attempting to rape an 11 month old baby

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Speaking after Watkins' sentencing in 2013, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle - South Wales Police's senior investigating officer - said: "The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer."

The shamed rock star pleaded guilty to 13 offences after dramatically changing his pleas on the day he was set to stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Cheers rang out in the public gallery as the sentence was handed down by Mr Justice Royce, while Watkins was seen visibly shaking as he left the dock.

Prosecutor Chris Clee QC described him as a "determined and committed paedophile", while Mr Justice Royce said what he and his co-defendants did "plumbs new depths of depravity", and he had shown "evident delight" in abusing children.

The judge said the singer had displayed "an almost complete lack of remorse" for his behaviour, and posed a "significant risk" to young women and children.

And on hearing Watkins had told a probation officer he did not know what lengths he would have gone to with children had he not been arrested, Mr Justice Royce added: "It's difficult to imagine anything much worse."

"You are a sexual predator. You are dangerous. The public, and in particular young females and children, need protection from you," Watkins was told.

The court heard Watkins plotted to abuse two babies with their own mothers in text and internet messages in which he spoke of his desire to “cross the line” and to intoxicate one young victim by blowing crystal meth smoke into the child’s face. The court heard details of a sickening 17-minute video shot in a London hotel room which showed Watkins perform a sex act on a child.

Watkins admitted to the rape and sexual assault of a child who was under the age of 13, 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.

The court heard how even after Watkins had admitted his horrific acts, he referred to them as "megalolz" and said "nobody got hurt".

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Ringing a friend from prison the day after entering his guilty pleas, Watkins said: "It was like either me go up there and say 'Come on, it wasn't that bad, nobody got hurt'.

"I do my charm or do I end up making things worse for myself or do I just say I was off my head and can't remember?"

Speaking after Watkins was jailed, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle - South Wales Police's senior investigating officer at the time - said: "The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer."

In 2019, Watkins was jailed for 10 months on top of the sentence he is serving for child sex offences after he was found guilty of possessing a mobile phone in prison.

A jury found him guilty of possessing the phone at HMP Wakefield after deliberating for two hours and 21 minutes.

Watkins, who had his dark hair in a ponytail in court and wore a denim jacket with white trim, claimed two inmates forced him to hold on to the phone so they could contact women who sent him fan mail in order to use them as a “revenue stream”.

In his evidence, the defendant refused to name the men, but said: “You would not want to mess with them." He also said his fellow inmates were “murderers, mass murderers, rapists, paedophiles, serial killers – the worst of the worst”.

Lucy Needham

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