Ian Watkins Jailed for 35 Years

The disgraced Lostprophets singer showed no remorse as he was sentenced, despite reports that more victims could emerge from the investigation.

Ian Watkins Jailed for 35 Years
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Disgraced Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been jailed for 35 years after admitting to 13 sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. Onlookers saw him shaking uncontrollably as he was given the long sentence, with cheers from those viewing the sentencing in court. Two females aged 21 and 25 were given 14 and 17 years in jail for playing a part in some of the offences. They all pleaded guilty, and cannot be named for legal reasons. Among his crimes, Watkins sexually touched the 11 month old baby of one of his fans, and encouraged another fan to abuse their own child via webcam. More details here. The judge said that Watkins' offences "breaks new ground." "You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to have help satisfy your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children. Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side," said the judge. The Chief Inspector from the South Wales police said Watkins was entirely emotionless and unrepentant to any of his victims. "He has shown no empathy, no sympathy or any remorse for what he has done," said Inspector Peter Doyle. "It's as if he just doesn't care. He has shown no remorse at any time. In my view, that potentially makes him the most dangerous sex offender I have ever seen." Police are now searching for others who may have been abused by Watkins, following a flurry of tip-offs. In an uncomfortable twist, he has earned an estimated £100,000 in song royalties since being arrested last year, when Lostprophets sales saw a rise. His appearance on news features reporting on his sentence will give an extra boost to his income if samples of Lostprophets songs are featured in reports.

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    DJ_Effrey
    What a pathetic and disgusting excuse of a human being. He deserves every second of that sentence, and more.
    cyclonus
    I thought the Judge went too easy on him. 35 years is a tad lenient
    eddiehimself
    Things are a bit different in Europe than the states. Obviously in America they give you 35 years in the joint just for smoking one. 35 years in this country is a LONG sentence.
    HitmanJenkins
    35 is lenient? That's one of the harsher sentences I've seen for a sex offender and the repercussions of how it will affect his life when he leaves prison will be immense. Like I said further down, he'll be about 60 if he goes out on parole and 71 if he does the full sentence, by that point most of his life would have been wasted, on top of that, he'll have no friends, no family and the police will likely keep an eye on him too, he'll have no life if he gets out.
    javdoc
    You think he'll make it out? Wouldn't bet on him surviving his sentence....
    HitmanJenkins
    That's if he does make it out. Which is more likely than you think, scumbags like Watkins are kept away from the rest of the prison populace.
    s7peterson
    One of the guards will kill him out of disgust, i'm sure.
    rolandroi
    @s7peterson Woah calm down, son. He may have done some crazy shite in his life, but he's no Jesus Christ yet.
    thkoby
    Jeffrey Dahmer didn't last 2 years in prison.
    dazm
    Bernardo did. they kept him locked up nice n tight. still alive and eating 3 squares a day on taxpayer dollars. Kill the bastard I say then we won't ever have to worry about him reoffending. Crimes like this deserve a special kind of punishment. those who disagree....would change their minds quick if it was YOUR kid. standing up for this retards rights only enables the next generation of sickos. try that with my kid...I'd kill you dead on the spot.
    UncleBluck
    Most of his life will be wasted????? He rapes babies you idiot. As for wasting time listen to his so called music if you want to talk about a life wasted.....
    HitmanJenkins
    What I meant by his life being wasted is that this is his punishment and he deserves it, if you think I'm sympathising with him when I say that "his life will be wasted" then you should probably reread what I've just wrote, because I'm not.
    DickHardwood
    For baby rape? He won't last 35 years. He won't last 35 days. And I'm happy with that. If he were to be executed, I'd get a front row seat with beer and popcorn. Baby rapists deserve a new kind of hell.
    Smegal
    So you would happily murder another person, for crimes that do not even come close to murder... wow... am I glad the uk doesn't have the death sentence... Not saying being a pedo is good, but it isn't murder, a lifetime in na psyciatric ward is what he needs, if someone derives pleasure from molesting babies they need mental help more than incarceration, though they could never be allowed out either.
    chris.catapano.
    murder would be a HAPPY SUBSTITUTE to living with the nightmare this sick piece of shit caused for children!!!! that will NEVER leave them, they will carry that burden to the GRAVE so YOU tell me whats worse!!!
    Om_Bongo
    To play Devil's advocate here - If they were babies then we can take solace in the fact that they will have no recollection of Ian's actions. As long as they are taken away from their poor excuses of mothers, they should be able to lead happy lives. I don't know about the other victims, though (eg how old they were).
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    Charlie4
    Showing zero remorse towards your victims but remorse and empathy towards yourself - that is NOT a sign of mental illness. Ian Watkins is evil, simple as that.He is now in the right place with His kind of people. Great to say that justice has been served.
    gblain
    This guy wanted to have a baby with his gf so he could then rape the defenceless newborn kid and referred to the whole episode as "megalolz". He should sit rotting a cell for the rest of his life along with a good daily beating, he is the lowest of the low. Hopefully his victims and their families can go on to have some kind of normal life
    tyler.ball.7564
    Its sad that you dont understand that some things are worse than murder.
    Jondalf
    I'm pretty sure he doesn't think that. What he's saying is that killing someone because of what they did is completely ridiculous. Ian's mentally ill, he needs help not the death sentence. It's sad that you think you can justify the killing of a psychologically ill person, we don't live in the Middle Ages any more...
    link no1
    I love how if somebody does bad things they are obviously mentally ill and not just a bad person. Why can't it just be that he is a terrible individual? It's like justifying his crimes with "but he isn't bad, he just needs help".
    lordofaeronauti
    You're just being ignorant. Obviously every bad thing someone could do isn't the sign of mental issues. Killing for money etc. But it has been proven many times that paedophilia is a psychological illness. It really makes me angry when you argue about something with no facts at all. It's like religious people arguing. Are you allowed to post links in this comment section?
    Dhclark92
    Everybodies reality is different and to each and everyone of us it is VERY REAL. Ian's actions were normal to him- unfortunately, and that is why he seemed emotionless in court. I believe pedophelia needs scrutiny over the next few decades so these people can be prosecuted differently than normal people. He is not like us but he is still one of us. Idk this whole shebockle has really made me reevaluate these f***heads
    bobmarley_fan
    I have heard what you commented before on T.V. when they talk about another type of person like that was talked to by an interviewer. He then told the interviewer that he did not feel what he was doing was wrong, and his only regret was getting caught. Who was it.....OH YEAH! John Wayne Gacy. Mentally ill or not, people that inflict harm without "KNOWING" they are doing wrong do not need to be walking around with the rest of us. I truly see no difference between the two, because they both destroy lives without regret.
    nighttrain88
    Such garbage. He is a BABY RAPIST. There is no psychological help or holy redemption that can save this lowest piece of scum. No amount of time that he spends in a psychologists chair or sitting in his prison cell reading the bible and repenting for raping a baby will change what did.
    lordofaeronauti
    Jondalf never said there was any 'redemption' for him. Well, there is treatment available, which you could easily find if you had been bothered. Of course you can't change what has happened, but executing paedophiles isn't the answer. Oh, you're an expert on paedophilia treatment are you?
    BwareDWare94
    If he's showing no emotion, he's obviously a sociopath, which you just don't treat. He can't get better.
    buxeyy
    So you'd rather live knowing every day what's happened to you, to carry that abuse with you for ever, than to just be killed and never know of it?
    cRACk mONKEyTTU
    I'm sorry, but as sick and disgusting as everything he's done is, it's not murder. I'm not trying to say what he's done is any less worse either, he deserves what he's getting, but these kinds of things have happened throughout human history, and for the most part, those affected will persevere. They aren't gonna go thru life looking for sympathy because they were raped, they will keep on living life as best as they can. Which they wouldn't be able to if they were murdered.
    kevinhlaing
    No point comparing apples and oranges. Rape is rape and murder is murder - but at the end of the day Watkins' crime was beyond serious, heinous and downright disgusting. In my opinion his punishment is a deserved one and justice has served it's purpose on this front.
    RC52190
    Dude... You don't even understand. Get to know some people who have been sexually abused to the agree that this guy did it. They would literally rather have died. There are some kinds of pain that make death preferable. And just because he didn't physically murder someone doesn't make it any better to murder their souls. I know about a dozen women myself who have gone through it and it's a life so empty for people like that. It's so eye-opening when you see how it psychologically effects them for the rest of their lives. They're so full of self-loathing and so many other self-destructive emotions as a result. You have literally no idea what you're talking about and until you do, you should simply shut your mouth. I will agree that this dude does need psychiatric help, but only as far as a sexual attraction to minors goes. He made all of his own decisions and decided to act on his urges when he knew the consequences. He won't last long in prison and I hope all the inmates do exactly to him, what he did to his victims. Only, then, would he know true agony before death.
    cRACk mONKEyTTU
    Based on my comment above, I would be one of the people you're comment applies to. And while I completely understand what you mean, I also know 2 people that have been raped that were very hesitant to tell anyone about. And yes, while bringing it up, it brought out those emotions and self destructive tendencies, but other than that you wouldn't know with them because they have a strong mindset to know you have to persevere. This world is messed up and life is cruel and unfair, but you have to play the hand you're dealt no matter how messed up it is or how much you don't deserve it. I understand that people may not want to keep living life and would rather die than live with that emotional and physical scar. But as harsh as it is, it's survival of the fittest and they have to find a way to block it out as best they can and find something that makes them happy enough keep going. That's a tall order for most, but it's the only life you get.
    JJ_Drummer
    Rape is far worse than murder especially children. What he did deserves DEATH. Fuck this guy
    Smegal
    Even though he never physically did ANYTHING. It's hard to call something rape when no physical contact was made. Just saying.
    Bassically
    if you actually read the article. You'll see that he tried to sexually touch a fans baby.
    Dynamight
    No, not remotely. Murder removes one from existence, which there's no coming back from. Life is the greatest opportunity, and murder puts a definitive end to it. Rape, at the basic sense, leaves one physically intact and in most cases psychologically traumatized, which can be treated and recovered from. Not that I disagree about him deserving death. Well, "deserve" isn't the word I'd use, but I'd be fine with it.
    matth898
    What's the point of a mental institution meant for rehabilitation if you aren't letting the person out anyway. That is a waste of resources.
    damillion
    I partly agree. Pedophilia and rape are in my view some of the most horrible acts one can commit and it cannot be even the slighest bit trivialized. That's important. On the other hand society shouldn't be about justice, because we can't agree on what is just or not. Society should not punish criminals for satisfaction, but for the safety of its citizens. And it can do that without the death penalty. I'm happy we don't have the death penalty in Sweden too.
    Embl3m
    I'd rather be killed than traumatized for the rest of my life because of some old pig that didn't find it satisfying enough to sit Down and have a proper wank...
    Jondalf
    Execution doesn't solve anything. Do you honestly think that the risk of execution deters people like Ian? In fact, it would merely add to the thrill of we he does. Not to mention the fact that innocent people have been executed. Frankly, execution is murder.
    nighttrain88
    In this case excecution does solve the problem of this disgusting low life taking another breath. Did you read that other headline from UG? He sexually touched, had sex with, and urinated on children. Get off your "death penalty is wrong" high horse for a minute and picture a grown man f$&@ing and pi$$ing on a child. And now picture someone walking up to that guy in the act of doing those grotesque things and shooting him in the head. Now that is a problem solved.
    RC52190
    I don't understand the idea of imprisonment and execution. Why waste our ****ing money and resources both harboring, and bothering to execute these ****ing criminal, low-life scum? It's a waste of OUR tax-paying dollars that could be going towards a million more beneficial programs that don't include supporting these ****ing people who rape and murder our citizens. My solution to this problem is to just build a wall around some remote, uninhabited island and drop all these sick ****s (murderers, rapists, Michael Vick, and other inhumane offenders) there and just leave them to fend for themselves. That way, they're still locked up, off of our national budget (or at least 90% the prisoner expenses would be eliminated), the "death sentence" debate is eliminated since we're still giving them a fighting chance, yet making sure they will never return to the country. Prison should only be reserved for offenders who do things like rob banks and other serious, but non-inhumane offenses. We'd get rid of probably (big guess-timate) 75% of our prison population and free up a lot more government spending money. So sad since this used to be one of my favorite bands about 10 years ago...
    gibsongalore184
    What's hypocritical about what 99% of the people on this forum is saying is "What! He did something bad!? Lets punish him by doing something bad back!!" these comments about how rehabilitation is a waste of resources is awful. Our mental health care system is shit, as we all should no. But, in any other case, rehab isnt bad at all. Rehabilitating someone as ****ed up as this guy into a useful member of society is 10 times more effective than holding him inside a jail cell for 40,000$ a year (you do the math on that one).
    dazm
    *Do you honestly think that the risk of execution deters people like Ian? * Yes i do...can't reoffend if you are dead. simple. he doesn't deserve anything less.
    lordofaeronauti
    If I can read correctly, then I think he said 'risk', not actually getting caught. It's like poker I suppose, the higher the stakes, the greater the risk and thrill.
    MetalRock4ever
    To be honest, I think that his sentence is a bit short. He should stay there until he dies, not until he's about 70. Just give him the injection (which is now the humane way of killing offenders), he has no life anymore.
    HitmanJenkins
    He won't have a life by that point anyway, going off of average life expectancy he'll only have another 10 years to live after he gets released anyway and it'll likely be far more miserable than his time in prison.
    rolandroi
    30, 40, 50 years, or even a lifetime sentence, those numbers look equal to me.
    MetalRock4ever
    What I dont get is how come my comment got more dislikes than this...? And honestly, Ian has no life. He can't go back to a normal life because his music careers finished, he won't be able to get a job, random people on the street will hate him. He's been remembered... for the msot disgusting of reasons. You try and do what he's done and say 'I still have a life worth living'
    aureliusgtr
    i know he's not serving this sentence in the states...but wouldnt it be great if he and jerry sandusky were cell mates?