According to Mirror, singer Ian Watkins of the Welsh rock band LOSTPROPHETS was refused bail and remanded in custody yesterday (Thursday, January 10) on charges of plotting to rape a child.
The 35-year-old musician, who is accused of conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl along with other charges, appeared via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend before judge Eleri Rees in court. He will remain in custody ahead of a plea hearing later this month.
Watkins is accused of conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl along with other charges.
Defending barrister Tom Crowther had said on December 19 that Watkins would be denying the charges.
LOSTPROPHETS members Lee Gaze (guitar), Mike Lewis (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), Jamie Oliver (keyboards) and Luke Johnson (drums) released a statement on their official web site expressing their shock at the charges against Watkins.
LOSTPROPHETS has sold more than three million albums worldwide and topped the U.K. chart with 2006’s “Liberation Transmission”.
The band’s most recent CD, “Weapons”, came out in April 2012.