In the last hour or so it has been confirmed that disgraced former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins has had his appeal against the length of his prison sentence thrown out by the appeal judges. Watkins, who is serving a 29 year sentence with a further six years to be served on licence, had his appeal rejected by the judges who commented that his crimes were “of such shocking depravity that they demanded a lengthy prison sentence”.
Watkins, who is currently serving his sentence at the maximum security HMP Wakefield in Yorkshire was not present in court and was represented by his solicitor, who argued that his crimes, whilst very serious, were “not the worst that can happen”. One of his conspirators, the woman who’s baby Watkins was filmed abusing, also had her appeal against her 17 year length sentence thrown out of court.
Investigations are currently ongoing with the Independent Police Complaints Commission as to whether Ian Watkins could have been caught far earlier than he was, with various tip offs, accusations and evidence having been presented to the police for years prior to Watkins eventual arrest and conviction. Full information of this update in the case of Ian Watkins can be read over on the BBC website at the following link – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-28423518.
Watkins former Lostprophets band mates recently announced the formation of a new band called No Devotion with former Thursday singer Geoff Rickly. Their debut series of gigs are taking place over the next few days. For more information including details of their gigs and tickets please visit www.nodevotion.com.