Ian Watkins has been in Cardiff Crown Court for the last two hours as he is being sentenced for the horrific crimes he plead guilty to last month. Ultimately, Watkins will serve 29 years in jail for his crimes, and the two women that assisted him in carrying them out will serve 14 years and 17 years respectively. But these aren’t the main stories that emerged from this sentencing as a number of further details about Watkins’ sordid activities have emerged which are completely rank and reprehensible.
Here’s a copy of the timeline of the event as it went down from Wales Online. Some of the stuff that Watkins says in this is completely unbelievable as are some of the details of what actually happened that had previously not been revealed to the media. Disgusting.
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Watkins is now in the dock, dressed in a grey three-piece suit, white shirts and a red tie. His grey hair is spiked into a quiff.
Watkins looks nervous and is sat alongside the two women who will be sentenced with him. They are joined in the panelled glass dock by three security guards.
The court is being told about the severity of images found on Watkins’ hard drive. The court has also been told a phone call made from prison revealed Watkins had planned to make a statement saying his admission of sex offences was “megalolz”.
The court has been told how Watkins made two phone calls from Bridgend’s Parc Prison in the days after pleading guilty. In one he said he was going to release a statement when he was sentenced saying “It was megalolz, I don’t know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.”
The judge has said Watkins can expect a “very substantial” sentence.
Prosecutor Christopher Clee QC has told the court about two phone calls Watkins made to a female friend from Parc Prison after his guilty pleas.
On November 27, the day after he admitted he was a paedophile, he said of the court hearing: “It was like either me go up there and say ‘Come on, it wasn’t that bad, nobody got hurt’. I do my charm or do I end up making things worse for myself or do I just say I was off my head and can’t remember?”
Discussing his possible sentence, he added: “I’m going to put a statement on the 18th now just to say it was megalolz, I don’t know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.”
In another conversation the following day he said: “It’s so hard. There’s a lot of ****ing meaningless bull**** like chat that I did to show off when I was ****ing off my head.
“There was no medical evidence, nobody was harmed at all.
“I’m not a paedophile, I’m not. You know I plead (sic) guilty just to avoid a trial, not realising ‘Hang on, that makes me look a bit guilty’ but I would never harm anybody.”
When asked if he would still issue a statement saying his conduct was “megalolz” he replied: “No, it’s just lols now.”
Watkins’ defence lawyers have also told the court that he is not the first rock star to get carried away by the effect of adulation from fans, and end up taking advantage of it.
Watkins’ main mitigation from his defence will be that he deserves credit for his guilty plea, because it avoided the need for a trial.
Sally O’Neill QC, for Watkins, says one of his “obsessions” was filming himself having sex. The court has also heard how Watkins received a lot of sexual offers from fans over social media.
Ms O’Neill claims Watkins has “no recollection” of the incidents of child abuse at the centre of the case.
Sally O’Neill says Watkins was “bombarded” with messages – some of “extraordinary depravity” – 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Fans of Lostprophets would use “extraordinary tactics” to retain Watkins’ interest, Sally O’Neill tells court.
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