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Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Found Guilty Of Shoving Phone Up His Bum In Prison

Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Found Guilty Of Shoving Phone Up His Bum In Prison

Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been found guilty of possessing a mobile phone in prison.

The 42-year-old is currently serving a prison sentence for child sex offences but was brought before Leeds Crown Court accused of hiding the device up his bum, according to Wales Online.

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He claimed that 'known murderers' threw the three inch GSTAR phone into his cell and told him he had to take care of it.

Watkins is currently service a sentence for child sex offences. Credit: PA
Watkins is currently service a sentence for child sex offences. Credit: PA

The Mirror reported that he has been sentenced to an additional 10 months behind bars, with Judge Rodney Jameson QC telling him: "I am very conscious of the fact you are serving a very long time and you will be well into middle age by the time you are released.

"The fact of the matter is if there is not an appreciable penalty for having had a mobile phone in these circumstances then of course you would draw from that the lesson you could have another one and that is not a position I would want to encourage."

According to Wales Online, nothing was recovered from Watkins' person when he was strip searched at HMP Wakefield before asking a prison officer whether he would be allowed to see his mum if he gave up the phone.

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He is then said to have reached into his underwear and produced the small GSTAR model phone.

Watkins was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court. Credit: PA
Watkins was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court. Credit: PA

Earlier, the court was told how the men were apparently acting on orders from the prison's 'top boy' who wanted to extort money from Watkins' fans who continue to write to him.

He said: "I was in my cell and two guys came. They were known murderers. I didn't want to mess with them."

When he was asked to name the men who came into his cell, Watkins simply said: "I like my head on my body. Sorry to be glib...fear of reprisals."

Ian Watkins has been sentenced to an additional 10 months. Credit: South Wales Police
Ian Watkins has been sentenced to an additional 10 months. Credit: South Wales Police

Giving evidence, the former singer said: "About an hour later they came back and they told me they wanted me to get them some revenue streams, or hook them up."

The 10 month sentence handed to Watkins will be served consecutively to his current sentence and it means that there will be a five month delay on the date he'll become eligible to apply for parole.

Watkins was jailed in 2013 after he admitted 13 sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

Featured Image Credit: South Wales Police

Topics: News, uk news

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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