Judge Warns That Jurors May Need Counseling Due To Evidence In Ex-Lostprophets Frontman Trial


Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins appeared in court today (October 14th) via videolink for a pre-trial review. He appeared alongside the other two unnamed female defendants in his case of which he personally stands accused of 24 different sex offenses.

Those charges include two counts of raping an infant child (allegedly around the age of one years old) in April 2012 and aiding and abetting another to sexually assault an infant child between August and October of the same year. Possession of bestiality is also among the various charges with the oldest of the charges dating back to 2007.

The two women in the case face similar charges with one, aged 20, having already admitted to sexually touching a baby as well as having taken and distributed indecent images of it.

Watkins himself continues to deny the charges. At today’s proceedings residing Judge Eleri Rees warned the court that potential jurors for the coming trial may need counseling, saying:

“We need to consider what material the jury will be shown. There is the possibility that some jury members, having completed the trial may need counseling.”

That said, Rees also intends to make sure that steps will be taken when selecting jurors to ensure that those chosen won’t be familiar with Watkins‘ musical profession. A case management hearing will take place on November 12th at Cardiff Crown Court. All three of the accused will remain in custody.

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