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Lostprophets’ Singer Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse

Ian Watkins, Credit; Metro News
Ian Watkins, Credit; Metro News

 

By Melissa Fernie

The lead singer of Welsh rock band, Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to two accounts of child sexual assault and possession of hardcore child porn in Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

Having previously claimed he was the victim of a malicious campaign, 36-year-old Ian Watkins from Pontypridd pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of two small children, including an 11-month-old baby and being in possession of depraved online porn. Watkins also admitted to three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making and possessing indecent images of children and one extreme pornographic image involving an animal. Prosecutor barrister, Chris Clee, said: “Watkins accepts he was a determined and committed paedophile.”

The court heard that Watkins filmed and kept the abuse which was recovered by police after a raid on his home. The majority of the evidence uncovered was too extreme and distressing to report.

His distraught family described how his online porn obsession turned a ‘happy normal lad from the Valleys’ into a paedophile who will be remembered like Jimmy Saville. However, former fans believe Watkin’s abuse to be far worse than Saville’s.

The mothers of two of the abused children were also arrested for helping to solicit the assaults and for sexually abusing their own children. Barrister Clee said: “Both women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse.” Watkins also planned to give the babies drugs, the hearing was told. Clee stated that drugs were clearly a big part in these offences and police found meth, cocaine and GHB during their searches.

Watkins’ depraved behaviour dates back to 2006 when he met with a 16-year-old girl who was dressed in her school uniform in a New York hotel and filmed their encounter. Police have described how Watkins used his fame to abuse young children and speaking outside the court, Deputy Chief Inspector, Peter Doyle from South Wales Police, said: “This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children.” He added that Watkins’ guilty plea did not mean the end of the investigation and the police force would work tirelessly to identify other victims.

However, female fans argue they had been warning the police that Watkins was obsessed with child porn, but the police took no action. From 2010, fans who had become friends with the singer went online to plead for help after discovering vile images on is computer and claimed they called the police to tell them he was a paedophile, but officers did nothing and allowed him to go on with the abuse. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the case.

Lostprophets were an alternative rock band that formed in 1997 and achieved heightened success selling 3.5 million albums around the world. Former music journalist, Gavin Allen, said: “They achieved real success, but their career will now be so tainted that it is hard to see any radio stations playing their music again. Their legacy has just vanished.”

 

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Law students black up for night out

Four students black up on a night out. Image courtesy of www.thedailymail.co.uk
Four students black up on a night out. Credit; Deadline News

By Melissa Fernie

Four law students are at the centre of a race row after painting their faces black for a society night out in Edinburgh this week.

The Edinburgh University students were attending the annual law society ‘Beerienteering’ event, which is highly popular night for the society. It consists of a steeplechase around the bars of Edinburgh with challenges and surprises along the way. This year’s theme was ‘Around the World’ and students were encouraged to dress to impress.

However a team made up of three boys and one girl decided to dress as Somali pirates for the event and subsequently painted their faces black. They happily posed for photos before and during the evening but were called out on their costume choices by members of both the Amnesty International Society and the Vegetable Society at the Three Sisters Pub. Many of those involved and attending the event were surprised the law society let the team continue competing.

Speaking to students who attended the ‘Beerienteering’ event, one said: “This is an image of black and ethnic minority oppression becoming manifested in students’ costumes. Racism should be opposed on every level at Edinburgh University and we as a student body should do all within our power to make sure these attitudes are called out.”

Nadia Mehdi, Vice President of Societies and Activities at EUSA said: “I’m shocked to see that in this day and age these student weren’t aware of or choose to ignore the offence they would cause by painting their faces black.”

The law society hit back at the negative comments and Keir Gilius, President of the society said: “As a society we try to arrange our events within innovative and interesting themes leaving scope for attendees to use their imaginations. In no way was this theme intended to incite racism of cultural appropriation and as a society, we are vehemently opposed to discrimination of any form.”

Gilius apologised if the team’s costumes upset anyone and said: “In future we will strive to ensure that any fancy dress events will actively discourage the use of any costumes that could be perceived as being offensive.”

However not everyone believes the costumes should have incited a race row. One student said: “This is another fine example of some idiots looking for a reason to be offended. Not sure how on earth this is in any way racist or offensive. Absolute morons who need to get a life outside of the veg soc.”

Other students also believe too much fuss was made over the costume, with one student saying: “This is absolutely ridiculous and shows how far political correctness is being exploited. How is painting your skin black a form of minority oppression, discrimination or racism? They weren’t portraying black people in any sort of racist derogatory way. It’s annoying how so many kinds of discrimination are allowed to let slip but as soon as skin colour is involved it’s a different story.”