Lostprophets' Ian Watkins refused bail over child rape charges

Singer remanded in custody until trial date following appeal

Lostprophets' Ian Watkins refused bail over child rape charges

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Lostprophets singer, Ian Watkins, has had an appeal for bail denied by Cardiff Crown Court.

According to The Mirror, Watkins appeared via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend before Judge Eleri Rees in court yesterday (January 10). His application for bail was rejected, meaning he will remain in custody ahead of a further plea hearing later this month.

Prior to yesterday, Watkins last appeared in court on December 31, 2012, facing alleged child sex offence charges, including conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl.

He has been charged with two incidents of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children and four offences relating to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The conspiracy offences were alleged to have taken place between May 1 and December 17, 2012, when Watkins was arrested. The pornography charges relate to a period between August 12 and December 17.

Following Watkins first appearance in court earlier this month, Lostprophets issued a statement in response to news that their singer is facing charges relating to child sex offences.

A statement on the Welsh band's official website read: "Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu."

Lostprophets formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album 'Thefakesoundofprogress' in 2000. The band's fifth album, 'Weapons', was released on April 2, 2012.

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