Lostprophets ex-singer’s prison time extended for hiding phone in anus
Back in March, Ian Watkins, the 41-year old ex-Lostprophets singer, was charged with having a cellphone while in prison. Earlier this week, further details about the alleged possession were revealed, including that he hid the phone in his anus.
Now, Watkins has added further time to his already 35-year sentence for possessing the mobile phone.
The ex-vocalist is currently serving a sentence for child sex offenses at HM Prison Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England.
Earlier this year, Watkins pleaded not guilty to unauthorized possession of a mobile phone in a maximum-security prison. Watkins appeared at a brief hearing at Leeds Crown Court via video.
The ex-singer allegedly had access to the phone from March 4 through March 10 of last year.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that after he was strip-searched in March 2018, police found a “small white telephone”. They also found a charger in his cell.
Watkins denied the possession charge stating he was “forced to hold onto the phone by other prisoners."
Now, the former Lostprophets vocalist has been sentenced to a further 10 months in prison to be served on top of his 35-year sentence.
As previously reported, Watkins was sentenced to 29 years with an extended license of six years for various child sex offenses. At the time of his original arrest, he would have been considered for early release after serving two thirds of his sentence.
Back in 2013, Watkins was charged with 13 child sex offenses, including the planned rape of a baby. According to the BBC, Watkins plead guilty to sexual assault of a child under 13, but not guilty to rape.
In addition to the offenses above, Watkins admitted to “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,” according to the BBC.
Additionally, Watkins’ two female co-defendants—who were not to be named—were sentenced to 14 years and 17 years in prison, respectively. The co-defendants were mothers of the children Watkins assaulted. The women plead guilty to child abuse charges.
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