March 11, 2013 11:43
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies charges as child sex case adjourned
Watkins will appear at Cardiff Crown Court in May
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has issued a statement denying allegations made against him as his child sex case was adjourned.
The statement, issued on behalf of Ian Watkins by his solicitor Sarah Williams-Martin of Watkins & Gunn Solicitors reads: "Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time."
Watkins, who appeared in Cardiff Crown Court today (March 11) via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend, will appear in court again in May, the BBC reports. He has been remanded in custody since December and is accused of several child sexual offence charges, including conspiracy to rape a baby and four offences relating to possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
A 24-year-old woman has been charged with the same offences as Watkins. A 20-year-old woman is charged with five of the same offences but not conspiracy to rape. The alleged offences date from May to December 2012. The case has now been adjourned until the week commencing May 20. No pleas were entered.
Following Watkins first appearance in court earlier this year, Lostprophets issued a statement in response to the news. 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."
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