Ian Watkins, a former Lostprophets vocalist currently serving a 29-year term for child sex charges, has been attacked inside the jail. According to The Mirror newspaper and National Diplomat, the rock singer in trouble, who is being imprisoned in HMP Wakefield, was stabbed. Police are looking into an incident at the jail on Saturday, according to a representative for the jail Service.
We can only say further once the police investigate, they continued. For some child sex charges, including the attempted rape of a newborn, Watkins was sentenced to prison in December 2013.
Prison Officers’ Association vice-chair Dave Todd said he was worried for staff and inmates due to the increased amount of events they are exposed to in jails, but not wanting to comment particularly on the attack on Watkins.
Watkins was given 29 years in jail plus six further years of supervised release; however, after completing two-thirds of his sentence, he will be eligible for parole.
His two co-defendants, the mothers of the kids he molested, received sentences of 14 and 17 years in prison. Mr. Justice Royce stated in the sentence that the case “plunged into new depths of depravity” and “broke new ground.”
Watkins entered a not-guilty plea to rape but admitted to attempted rape and sexual abuse of a minor under 13. Watkins attempted to have his jail sentence reduced in 2014, but the judges denied his request. He was a successful rock artist in his 20s who drew sizable stadium crowds and sold millions of CDs worldwide.
Welsh rock band Lostprophets, founded in 1997, has produced five studio albums, two Top 10 singles, and a UK number-one album. Their second and third albums debuted in the Top 40 in the US, enjoying moderate success. Source