Lostprophets singer sentenced to 29 years in prison

Former rockstar Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 29 years in prison over a serious of child sex crimes, along with two women, one of which is from Doncaster.

He will then spend six years on license.

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Judge: Watkins abuse "plumbed new depths of depravity"

The former singer with the rock band Lostprophets Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 29 years in jail for a string of child sex offences.

Those offences, according to the judge in the case, plumbed new depths of depravity.

A mother from Doncaster was sentenced alongside Watkins for allowing him to abuse her child. South Yorkshire Police is now being investigated for its handling of the case. This report from Grace Melody-Gardner.

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'Most disturbing evidence I have seen' says detective

The detective leading the investigation into Ian Watkins says the evidence was the 'most disturbing' he has seen in his career.

Today's sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes that have been committed. The three paedophiles responsible for the terrible abuse of two babies have now been brought to justice.

The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer. The guilty pleas have ensured that the jury were spared from viewing evidence that would have been extremely traumatic.

The safeguarding of children has been an absolute priority for the investigation team.

Today’s sentence does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve. In the last few weeks we have received further information that will now be looked at by the investigation team.

There are also investigations being conducted by other police forces around the world including Germany and the United States.

Above all this investigation has been focused on the protection of children and my thoughts today remain with those victims.

– Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, South Wales Police

Police are urging anyone affected by the case to contact them on 02920 634184 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

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CPS: Watkins 'ringleader of terrible conspiracy to abuse'

Suzanne Thomas, senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS Wales, speaking after the sentencing Watkins was the "ringleader" of a "terrible conspiracy" to commit "appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims."

These three defendants conspired to commit appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims.

The prosecution case was that Ian Watkins was the ringleader of this terrible conspiracy and it is right that his sentence reflects this.

He is a highly dangerous and manipulative individual who preyed on his victims in a calculated manner. The other two defendants were active participants in the most shocking abuse of their own children. They too have received sentences that reflect their admissions of guilt for these offences.

It is incomprehensible that adults would commit such appalling acts against children and young people and our thoughts remain with the victims and those close to them.

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Watkins sentencing will not end investigation

South Wales Police say that the sentencing of Ian Watkins today does not mark the end of their investigation into his offences and they will continue to work to identify victims and witnesses.

In late 2012, South Wales Police initiated its own review into the sequence of events that led to the arrest of Ian Watkins. We identified that there were issues of concern and voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Our initial review and the IPCC investigation pose a series of questions concerning the earlier handling of information concerning Watkins. It is those questions that the independent investigation now seeks to answer and it has my full support.

I am determined to ensure that South Wales Police protects vulnerable people and children and we will respond promptly to the IPCC investigation and its findings.

– Chief Constable Peter Vaughan

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Watkins to spend final six years on license

The judge told Watkins, who had lost his initial cockiness and was shaking visibly, that he would serve 29 years in jail with the final six on licence.

His two accomplices, Woman A and Woman B, were jailed for 14 years and 16 years respectively.

The judge told Watkins: "Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground.

"You, Watkins, achieved fame and success as the lead singer of Lostprophets.

You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to have help satisify your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children.

"Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side."

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Paedophile Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years in jail

Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for a string of sexual offences against children.

He will have to serve two thirds of his 35 year sentence before he can be considered for release.

Lostprophets singer in 2010. Credit: PA Wire

His co-defendants, "mother A" and "mother B" were sentenced to 14 years and 16 years respectively.

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Judge blasts Watkins 'sickening and incomprehensible'

In his summing up comments ahead of sentencing, the judge said Ian Watkins and his co-defendants committed "sickening and incomprehensible" crimes.

The details of the offences, many of which have been two graphic to report, were condemned in the strongest possible terms by the judge, as he reflected on how the singer used his power and celebrity to "partake in insatiable lust."

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