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article imageIan Watkins — Worse than Gary Glitter

By Alexander Baron     Nov 26, 2013 in Crime
Cardiff - Fourteen years ago, Gary Glitter pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. After the crimes of Ian Watkins, no one will remember him.
If you haven't heard of Lostprophets, that is hardly surprising; they're not exactly the biggest band in the world, or perhaps that should read they were not exactly the biggest band in the world. Their website's domain has been parked and is now advertising jewellery and such. However, the Internet Wayback Machine displays the following message dated December 19, 2012:
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
Last month the four remaining band members found one answer, and decided to call it a day. Yesterday, Tuesday, the world found the other as the band's lead vocalist pleaded guilty to the unthinkable crimes of attempting to rape a baby girl and a baby boy.
Watkins was facing charges of actual rape, but after legal argument the Crown accepted guilty pleas to the lesser offences. Watkins filmed himself committing the acts, which even more unbelievably were carried out with the consent of the mothers of both victims.
Watkins, who had been denied bail, had protested his innocence up until the opening of his trial, and then like Stuart Hall, admitted his guilt. In all, he pleaded guilty to 11 charges, and was remanded in custody until next month when he can expect a sentence well into double figures.
The only reason he could give for this depravity was that he had been taking crystal meth, which is of course no reason, excuse or mitigation at all. Another report can currently be found on Sky News, whose presenter felt obliged to comment on the nature of his crimes as little as possible.
Three years ago, Lostprophets recorded a song called For He's A Jolly Good Felon. A more fitting number for Watkins is one they recorded last year: Better Off Dead.
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