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26th November 2013

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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to a series of "depraved" child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby after having previously "furiously denied" the allegations.

The 36-year-old from Pontypridd had been due to stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court alongside two women but pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 but not guilty to rape. This was accepted by the prosecution.

Prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC told the court: "Ian Watkins was the lead singer in a successful band called the Lostprophets. He accepts he was a determined and committed paedophile."

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Watkins also admitted three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

The evidence against the defendant came from computers laptops and mobile phones and the court also heard that he filmed and kept the episodes of abuse - which took place in various hotels in London and south Wales - that were recovered by police.

Referring to the women standing alongside Watkins in the dock, Mr Clee said: "Both women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse."

The court was told how the abuse of the children by all parties was also evident in text messages. Watkins sent a text to one of the women saying: "If you belong to me, so does your baby."

In another exchange with a second woman, she messaged Watkins images of the her child saying: "She needs to know Mummy and daddy don't love her."

Watkins also planned to "teach" the babies how to take drugs, the hearing was told.

One defendant, Woman A, admitted the attempted rape of a baby after denying rape and two of sexual assault as well as taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

Woman B pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child, three sexual assault charges and four charges of taking, possessing or distributing indecent images.

After hearing legal argument from barristers, Mr Justice Royce called the jury into court and told them: "There will not be a trial in this case. The defendants have all pleaded guilty to nearly all the charges against them. The prosecution does not seek a trial in these circumstances.

"You have been saved from having to watch extremely graphic and distressing material."

Woman A and Woman B cannot be named for legal reasons. This is to protect the identities of the children involved.

Watkins' life is now over and we would not be at all surprised if he commits suicide in prison within the next two months.

Lostprophets broke up while Watkins was awaiting trial, No other band member was involved in Watkins' sick activities and hopefully they will be able to put this behind them and salvage new careers somehow.

Watkins will be sentenced next month.


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