Paedophile singer Ian Watkins in court accused of having mobile phone in jail

Former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins has appeared in court charged with possessing a mobile phone in prison.

Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 3:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 4:08 pm
Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.
Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.

Watkins appeared at Leeds Crown Court by video link from Wakefield Prison, where he is serving a 35-year extended sentence for a string of child sex offences.

The 41-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge on Tuesday and will go on trial later this year, the court said.

Watkins was handed a 29-year jail term and an additional six years on licence after he admitted 13 child sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court in December 2013.

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Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.

Among the offences he pleaded guilty to was the attempted rape of an 11-month old child and encouraging a fan to abuse her baby via webcam.

Police also found a stash of child pornography videos - some of which he had made himself.

He was described in court at the time as a dangerous sexual predator.

Watkins was remanded back into custody following the hearing on Tuesday.

He will go on trial at Leeds Crown Court on August 5 charged with the unauthorised possession of a mobile phone.