Welsh Band Controversy: Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, pled guilty to 13 child sex offenses at Cardiff Crown Court last month. His two co-defendants, the mothers of the children he assaulted, were sentenced to 14 and 17 years in prison, respectively. Mr. Justice Royce stated, in sentencing the three, that the case “broke new ground” and “delved into new depths of depravity.”
Watkins was given a sentence of 29 years in jail with an additional six years on probation, however he will be eligible for parole after completing two-thirds of his sentence. He was sentenced with Woman A and Woman B, who had previously pleaded guilty to child abuse charges. Woman A was sentenced to 14 years in prison, whereas Woman B received 17 years.
Watkins acknowledged to the attempted rape and sexual assault of a kid under the age of 13, but he pled not guilty to the crime of rape. In addition, he guilty to planning to rape a child, three charges of sexual assault involving minors, seven counts of taking, creating, or having indecent photos of children, and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image depicting an animal performing a sex act.
During sentence, Mr. Justice Royce stated, “Those who have been in these courts over many years have witnessed a multitude of heinous crimes.” “This instance is unprecedented. Any moral person will be shocked, repulsed, and incredulous.” He noted that it was a “typical situation in which the evidence was so overwhelming” that no credit should be awarded.
Watkins, according to the judge, had a “corrupting influence” and a “total lack of remorse.” Additionally, he stated that Watkins constituted a substantial risk to the general population, particularly to mothers with young children. He told Woman A, “What you two were doing is both terrible and unfathomable,” and informed Woman B that she did not consider her kid a person.
Earlier on Wednesday, defense attorney Sally O’Neill QC stated that Watkins “after realized the seriousness of the situation” and was “very, really regretful.” She informed the court that he acquired a “obsession” with video himself having sex and developed a drug addiction at age 30. She stated that Watkins had no recollection of the offense involving Woman A and her son, in which he confessed to attempting to rape a baby.
“Because he had no recollection, he could not believe he had done that,” she explained, adding that he had finally “confronted reality” over his actions. The court heard that Watkins was placed on a 15-minute suicide watch while on remand. Woman A’s attorney, Jonathan Fuller QC, indicated that she felt real regret and was heartbroken by her actions.
Woman B’s attorney, Christine Laing QC, stated that the loss of her child was a just consequence for her contrite behavior. In the meanwhile, South Wales Police are investigating whether Watkins also committed crimes in Germany and the United States, and the IPCC has verified that three police forces are being investigated in relation to this matter.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, the chief investigating officer, stated that the sentences matched the severity of the crimes and that the inquiry discovered “the most sickening evidence of child abuse” he had seen in his 28 years as an officer. “Today’s sentencing does not mark the conclusion of our investigations; we will work diligently to discover any further victims or witnesses and pursue the justice they deserve.
“Over the past several weeks, we have acquired more material that the inquiry team will now review.” Earlier, he stated that the probe was expansive because the quantity of data involved – 27 terabytes – was “four or five times” the size of South Wales Police’s databases. And he expressed his certainty that there were further young victims.
Suzanne Thomas, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales, stated that Watkins was the ringleader and that the defendants planned to perpetrate “horrific acts of abuse against young and defenseless victims.” She continued, “He is an extremely dangerous and manipulative character who preyed on his victims with malice.”
“The other two defendants participated actively in the most heinous maltreatment of their own children. They have also received penalties commensurate with their confessions of guilt for these crimes. “It is unfathomable that adults would perpetrate such heinous crimes against children and adolescents, and our sympathies are with the victims and their loved ones.”