January 23, 2014 17:43

Ian Watkins applies to appeal sentence for child sex crimes

The singer was sentenced to 29 years for numerous offences, including the attempted rape of a baby

Ian Watkins applies to appeal sentence for child sex crimes

Photo: South Wales Police

Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has applied for permission to appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, which include the attempted rape of a baby.

The singer was given a 29-year jail sentence at the end of last year (December 18) and will spend a further six years on license after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences.

According to BBC News, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the application to appeal the sentence was lodged two days ago.

Watkins admitted in court to conspiring to rape a child, 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. He pleaded not guilty to rape.

He was sentenced along with the mothers of two women of the children he abused. The women, known as A and B, were jailed for 14 and 17 years respectively.

During sentencing, Judge Justice Royce said that Watkins posed a "significant risk" to women and children and that he and the co-defendants had plumbed "new depths of depravity" and that the case was so extreme it "breaks new ground". He told them: "Any decent person looking at or listening to material here would experience shock, revulsion, anger and incredulity."

South Wales Police are currently investigating whether Watkins also committed offences in Germany and America. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has also confirmed it is investigating three police forces over the case.

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