Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins to Remain in Jail Until March
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:37:10
Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins appeared in court today (December 31) and has been remanded in custody on child sex charges until March 11.
Watkins has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 –reportedly an infant, aged 1- and three counts of possessing, making and distributing child porn. He is also accused of possessing extreme animal pornography-- although we're not sure what classifies as "extreme" when it comes to animal porn. Isn't it all extreme? A British tabloid suggested that there was a sixth charge against Watkins involving the plot to engage in sexual activity with an underage boy.
The charges are reprehensible and outrageous. So outrageous, in fact, that one can't help but wonder if they are too extreme to be true.
Watkins and his two female co-defendants appeared in Cardiff Crown Court via a video link from Parc Prison in Wales. He reportedly wore a black suit, while his mother, Elaine, looked on from the gallery. He only spoke to confirm his name at the legal hearing, which was a merely a formality.
He was remanded into custody and denied bail for three more months. The two co-defendants, women aged 20 and 24, face similar charges and they were also denied bail. They cannot be named for legal reasons; we're not lawyers and don't know the ins and outs of the Welsh legal system, but that seems a bit unfair to us, since Watkins has been named and outed, causing damage to his reputation whether or not he is innocent or guilty.
The 24-year-old woman has been charged with the same offences while the 20-year-old is charged with five of the same offences but not the rape conspiracy.
A plea and case management hearing is slated for March 11. So he will enter his plea at that time. Stay tuned.
Watkins has been behind bars since being arrested right before Christmas.
Again, from what we understand, being remanded into custody is not a surefire indicator of guilt. It could be a protective measure or when a defendant is a flight risk. But it also doesn't bode well, either.
Watkins has not been convicted of anything at this time.
What are you thoughts on this development in the case? What is your opinion on the matter as a whole?