Lostprophets rock band lead singer remanded on child sex abuse charges

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SINGER Ian Watkins has reappeared before a court to face allegations of plotting to rape a baby.

The 35-year-old vocalist, whose band Lostprophets has sold more than 3.5 million records worldwide, was arrested with two women last month.

As well as being charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, Watkins faces five other sex abuse charges. They include conspiring to engage in sexual activity with two young children as well as making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing “extreme pornography”.

During a previous hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court, Watkins’ legal team said the singer would be denying the charges against him.

He was remanded in custody over the Christmas period with two other women, who face similar child sex charges. The pair, aged 20 and 22, from Doncaster and Bedford respectively, cannot be named for legal 

Yesterday, Watkins and his co-defendants appeared in Cardiff Crown Court via video-link. All three spoke only to confirm their names at the preliminary hearing, which lasted less than ten minutes.

Among those looking on from the public gallery at Watkins, who was dressed in a black suit, black shirt and black tie, was his mother, Elaine. Watkins was refused bail and remanded in custody with a plea and case management hearing scheduled at Cardiff Crown Court for 11 March.