DISGRACED Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has today appeared in court charged with possessing a mobile phone in prison.
Convicted paedophile Watkins, 41, denied the charge of having the device while appearing via video link from maximum security prison HMP Wakefield.
The Welsh rock star is accused of possessing the mobile phone in his cell at the prison between March 4 and 10 last year.
Watkins, from Pontypridd, is serving a 35-year prison term after pleading guilty to 13 child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Appearing at Leeds Crown Court today, Watkins spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea during the brief hearing.
The sex offender wore a blue denim jacket with a white collar and his black and grey hair tied back for the court appearance.
Prosecutor Stephen Wood told the court: “The issue here is that he was in possession of a mobile phone in his cell.
“I’m not going into specific details about what was found on that phone.”
His trial, expected to last five days, was listed for August 5.
Watkins was returned to custody after the hearing.
“I’m not going into specific details about what was found on that phone”
Prosecutor Stephen Wood
Mr Wood added: “The jury will have to know about his previous convictions.”
Watkin’s crimes include the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, conspiring to rape a child, making or possessing indecent images of children and having extreme animal porn.
A day after his guilty plea was accepted by prosecution, Watkins referred to his sex offences as “mega lolz” to a female fan from behind bars.
He was sentenced to 29 years in prison with a further six years on licence, but will be eligible for parole after serving two thirds of the term.
His two co-defendants, who are the mothers of children he abused, were jailed for 14 and 17 years.
Sentencing the three at Cardiff Crown Court, Mr Justice Royce said the case broke “new ground” and “plunged into new depths of depravity”.
The judge said Watkins had a “corrupting influence”, and had shown a “complete lack of remorse”.
He also said Watkins posed a significant risk to the public in particular to women with young children.
A senior investigating officer on the case described Watkins as a “committed, organised paedophile” and “potentially the most dangerous sex offender” he had ever seen.
In 2017, Watkins was accused of “grooming” the mother of a two-year-old daughter from his cell.