Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins jail term appeal refused

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Convicted paedophile and former Lostprophets front man, Ian Watkins, has had his appeal against the length of his jail term thrown out by judges.

Appeal judges said his offences were “of such shocking depravity that they demanded a lengthy prison sentence”.

Watkins was jailed for 29 years in December, with another six years on licence, for a string of child sex offences, including the sexual abuse of a 12 month-old baby from Doncaster.

The baby’s mother, 21, also from Doncaster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed alongside Watkins for 14 years.

She has not appealed her sentence.

His second accomplice, a Bedford mother of a girl he abused, who also appealed against her 17-year sentence today, saw a cut in her sentence refused.

Watkins was not in court for the appeal proceedings and Sally O’Neill QC, representing him, argued his sentence was too high.

She said that while his offences were very serious, they were “not the worst that can happen”.

She also claimed Watkins should have had a greater sentence discount for his guilty plea, which avoided the need for disturbing evidence to be shown in court.

Commenting on Watkins’ case,Lord Justice Pitchford said: “These were offences against infant children of such shocking depravity that a very lengthy sentence of imprisonment was demanded, not withstanding the absence of physical injury.

“It is not demonstrated that the total sentence of 29 years together with the extended licence period was arguably manifestly excessive. Accordingly, the application in his case is refused.”

During the police investigation detectives found a huge cache of child abuse photos and films stored on the rock star’s computers and online.

It was almost five times the storage size of the South Wales Police force’s entire computer database.