Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to be sentenced today (December 18) for child sex offences

Singer will appear in Cardiff Crown Court today

Ian Watkins is due to appear in court today (December 18) to be sentenced for a series of child sex offences.

36-year-old Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby, in court last month (November 26) and will be sentenced in Cardiff Crown Court later this morning.

Watkins, the former singer of the now-defunct Welsh band, had originally “furiously denied” all allegations but later changed his plea to guilty at the start of his court appearance. He was subsequently described as a “determined and committed paedophile” by the judge, while two female co-defendants, who cannot be named, also admitted to numerous child sex offences. Read the full story here and here.

It emerged last month that a police detective sergeant working on the investigation into Watkins’ child sex offences has been served with gross misconduct notices by watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The new statement from the IPCC, which launched an investigation into South Wales Police’s handling of the investigation in February, followed accusations from Watkins’ ex-girlfriend that she warned police repeatedly for four years that he had told her he was a paedophile, but was ignored.

Lostprophets announced that they would split in October. They formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album ‘Thefakesoundofprogress’ in 2000. The band’s fifth and final album, ‘Weapons’, was released on April 2, 2012.