BY TAHLIA PRITCHARD
The presiding judge on the trial of former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins, has stated that jurors involved in the case may need professional counselling due to the extreme nature of the evidence presented.
In news that shocked fans all over the world, Watkins was arrested in late 2012 and charged with up to 24 sex offences. Charges included two counts of raping an infant child (rumoured to be as young as one), as well as aiding and abetting another to sexually assault an infant child. Police also uncovered extreme animal pornography in the singers possession. Two other unidentified females were also arrested at the same time as Watkins.
Due to the nature of the evidence being presented, Judge Rees said, ‘…there is the possibility that some jury members, having completed the trial may need counselling.’
Watkins appeared in court on Monday, October 14th via video link, alongside the two women who were also charged. One woman (age 20), has already pleased guilty to inappropriately touching a minor and distributing child pornography.
The trial of Watkins will commence on Tuesday, 12th of November, with all three perpetrators to remain in custody until then.
Recently Lostprophets announced they will no longer be continuing as a band. At the time of Watkins arrest, the band released the following statement:
“Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers.
Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu”