A convicted pedophile former rock star may have learned just how vile his crimes were after a reported hours-long hostage situation ended in “life-threatening condition.”
In 2013, Ian Watkins, the lead singer of the since disbanded Welsh rock group Lostprophets, was sentenced to 29 years in prison for a slew of child sex crimes. Saturday, after roughly a decade of incarceration, The Mirror reported he had been transported to a hospital after being beaten and stabbed multiple times.
A source informed the outlet that the prisoner “was found by officers after being held hostage and battered on Saturday morning. He’s in a life-threatening condition and there are fears he could die. If he survives, he’ll have been very lucky.”
The singer was said to have had a “target on his back” and his fellow inmates had been merely waiting for the right opportunity where less staff would be available to intercede. That time was evidently Saturday morning around 9 a.m. when three prisoners were said to have taken Watkins hostage for roughly six hours in His Majesty’s Prison Wakefield in West Yorkshire.
Ian Watkins (ex-Lostprophets) has been brutally stabbed in prison and is currently in critical condition.
He is currently serving 35 years as a convicted child sex offender. pic.twitter.com/xqiR91auyH
— State of the Scene (@SOTSPodcast) August 6, 2023
Only after the inmate had been beaten and stabbed multiple times leaving him in “life-threatening condition” were prison officers from a “Tornado” team able to free the convict through the use of special riot training and stun grenades.
A Prison Service spokesperson remained tight-lipped about details related to the incident and said in a statement, “Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate.”
Court documents showed that the rocker’s crimes dated as far back as at least March 2007 when he had engaged in various sex acts with a 16-year-old female and filmed them. The following year, a similar incident occurred that included apparent drug use.
Further still, in what likely led to the sentencing judge at Cardiff Crown court stating his crimes “plumbed new depths of depravity,” his Nov. 2013 trial brought to light details of Watkin’s relations with two women, one the mother of a 10-month-old boy and the other of an “infant girl” who had videoed themselves with him sexually abusing former and at least conspiring to do so with the latter.
“The planning and graphic detail are bad enough,” the sentencing documents detailing the horrific acts stated. “The videoing of what you were both doing is an aggravating factor. The enjoyment both of you can be seen to derive from what you were doing is both sickening and incomprehensible.”
The Mirror detailed Watkin’s guilty pleas on 13 child sex offenses which included, “conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children, and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.”
“He also admitted to the rape and sexual assault of a child who was under the age of 13,” the outlet detailed.
Other inmates held at the prison nicknamed the “Monster Mansion” included serial killer Harold Shipman and Robert Maudsley who had been dubbed “Hannibal the Cannibal.”
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