Ian Watkins Placed on Suicide Watch

The Lostprophets singer who has been charged with 23 sex offences could be checked into a psychiatric ward, according to a new court hearing.

Ian Watkins Placed on Suicide Watch
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Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been placed on suicide watch, after being arrested and charged with 24 sexual offences in December last year.

Watkins denies the charges, which include conspiracy to rape a baby and possessing an extreme image of a person having sex with an animal.

According to the Independent, a clinical psychologist recommended that Watkins is checked five times per hour, and recommends that he is taken from prison to a psychiatric hospital.

Two others are accused in a similar set of accusations, who cannot be named for legal reasons. One, aged 24, denies all charges, while the other aged 20 has admitted sexually touching a child and taking and sharing indecent images of it.

In June, Watkins made a statement outside the court which was read by a representative:

"I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for their continued support throughout this whole ordeal. Your support gives me strength, I deny all the allegations made against me and will continue to fight to the end to clear my name."

The full trial is set to begin on November 25.

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    Reddaz
    "...possessing an extreme image of a person having sex with an animal." You just know that being Welsh it's going to be a sheep.
    EndTheRapture51
    His life is definitely ruined regardless of his innocence now.
    matteo cubano
    innocent people don't get charged with conspiring to rape a baby with 23 other sexual offenses.
    skyturnedred
    Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty" ?
    matteo cubano
    "presumed" innocent...legally speaking, yes, the court assumes he is innocent. But in my opinion, it's rare that someone could get so many charges for sexual crimes without being guilty for at least some of them. People don't seem to understand what that phrase actually means.
    ljpfahey
    Matteo, that's a ****ing stupid thing to say. Cherish and defend the democracy and justice system of your society, don't shit all over it.
    Skin_n_bones
    i agree with matteo. they don't just pick a name out of a hat and it came up ian Watkins. if they are taking it to trial then prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to prove him guilty. They say "innocent until proven guilty" because that's how a trial goes. if we were supposed to all think that hes innocent now then why is he being locked up? Matteo is stating how the justice system works.
    TheMetalMan94
    Being charged is not the same as being judged. Many people get charged for crimes and then in court they prove their innocence. It is nothing more than an accusation.
    rolandroi
    Suicide watch for a guy who committed mass murders makes more sense than a sex maniac who ENJOYED... wait... he's in the emo band? Well that explains it. Stop it people. We were already accusing him guilty even before these evidence showed up. Now don't assume to soon that he's on a suicidal state.
    Hydra150
    Um, it isn't us that are assuming that he's suicidal, that was the verdict of a clinical psychologist.
    rolandroi
    He's so damn special. Btw, could you do something about EndTheRapture5's comment? I've read similar comments again and again that they're starting to look like spams.
    Hydra150
    What, 'his life is definitely ruined'? Don't see what's wrong with that observation.
    link no1
    "Could you do something about that comment? I'm sick of people stating the truth, it brings me out in a rash".
    rolandroi
    sorry, im panic when i say english. is not my first you know.
    MetalRock4ever
    He can;t do anything now even if he is released. His music career's ded and his own reputation. I know it's harsh but suicide may be the only way out. No1, not even other prisoners, shud respect him after wat he's done... srry
    TheMetalcoreGuy
    I honestly have so much sympathy for this guy if he isn't guilty. Who cares if you don't like his band, hes a human ****ing being and we shouldn't jump the gun and hate him for something he may not have done. But if he is guilty, he can get ****ed.
    Ceesjah
    This. Although 24 charges does not sound like the prosecutors are making stuff up..
    Crackheadrich
    Also it was stuff found on his password protected computer, which doesn't look great for him you have to admit
    Smegal
    Yes becuase passwords are the securest of things... And it's not like a virus can install anything on your computer... or that someone can access your computer remotely and place anything there... not at all...
    peepster1005
    Smegal is actually right. Although I find it highly unlikely that Watkins is a victim of this virus/hacking, something like that is definitely possible, and it has happened to people before. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/09...
    suicidehummer
    If the government can track your every move on a computer, what's to stop them from planting evidence? It's the modern alternative to sprinkling crack on the suspect after you shoot him.
    HarrySound
    I think the same thing.....but then I think, what if the police laid 24 charges on me, would that make me guilty? Nope! It's a sad situation whatever, I mean baby rape is beyond sick. It's on a whole new level. It's twisted and evil.
    matteo cubano
    i totally agree but if he is guilty then he shouldn't just get ****ed. they should have have a 1 year old horse rape him as punishment.
    dewitt
    Yeah, I don't get why they're free to talk about his pending case, but the other two get to have their names withheld for legal reasons (even the one who pleaded guilty). His name shouldn't have been released either (although it's likely that someone outside of the legal process is the one talking about it).
    Skuzzmo
    Even if he's found innocent doesn't necessarily mean he didn't do it just that they couldn't prove it.....
    Izzy-Sweet
    You're exactly the kind of person TheMetalcoreGuy is talking about.
    Skuzzmo
    How am I? I'm just noting that whatever verdict is returned it's down to what can be proved not actually what happened. Innocent people get locked up and crims remain free.
    TheMetalMan94
    There is a common concept in law which must be followed. 100 criminals roaming free is better than one innocent going to prison. This is why a case must be proved by the prosecution beyond reasonable doubt that you are guilty. If there is any doubt then you go free.
    xkovacsx09
    i dig me some lostprophets but chances if he's attempted suicide, he's guilty.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    Well no you could be innocent but because he knows his life is ruined regardless of the verdict, he might want to end it.
    MetalRock4ever
    I dont no how many fans will still b bhind him if he is released. He's got no1 now (even if he does, trust wud b thin)
    lemmyisgod97
    I feel sorry for his band mates, regardless of whether he's guilty or not they are always gonna have a stigma attached to them.
    vppark2
    I have one of their band tees too when I was pretty big fan of them. Not sure what to do with it now...
    link no1
    Wear it would probably be a good idea. You like the band yes? Then wear the shirt. It's not the shirt that is being charged with these accusations is it? This is what I don't understand about people..."I like this band, they would be my favorite band ever but, one member is a bad person therefore I can't listen to them".
    vppark2
    It'a just not the same listening to them now, and hearing Ian's vocals and lyrics.
    Minimallamb
    My Lostprophets tshirt was my favourite tshirt so I still wear it sometime, even though some friends keep calling me a pedo
    justaginger
    "Two others are accused in a similar set of accusations, who cannot be named for legal reasons. One, aged 24, denies all charges, while the other aged 20" Call me stupid, but why can't the other two be named? It's not as if their age is an issue, so why name one but not the other two?
    MattHessing
    Probably something to do with some BS "public interest" clause.
    suicidehummer
    Funny, my name was in the local paper after my DUI. I don't understand why it has to be a public spectacle for trolls like Nancy grace to feed on...