Wales

Lostprophets' Ian Watkins child sex case adjourned

  • 11 March 2013
  • From the section Wales
Ian Watkins
Image caption Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins and two women have been charged with child sexual offences

A case against the lead singer of rock band Lostprophets over child sexual offence charges, including conspiracy to rape a baby, has been adjourned.

Ian Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, will appear at Cardiff Crown Court in May.

He is accused of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13 and four offences of possessing or distributing indecent images of children between May and December 2012.

Mr Watkins' solicitor says he "furiously denies" the charges.

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with the same offences as Mr Watkins, while a 20-year-old woman is charged with five of the same offences but not conspiracy to rape.

One of the two women appeared in person at court today, while the other, who is in custody, appeared with Mr Watkins via video link.

Judge Eleri Rees, the recorder of Cardiff, set the eventual trial date for the week beginning 15 July.

She was told that up to three weeks would be needed.

The case was adjourned until a new hearing at the same venue some time at the end of May.

Mr Watkins remains remanded in custody.

A statement issued on his behalf by his solicitor, said: "Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made.

"He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time."

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