Trial begins for singer charged with rape of baby

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Credit Lostprophets official Facebook page

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins (36), who has been charged with the rape of a baby and conspiracy to rape another young child, goes to trial today.

According to British media reports, Judge Justice Royce has warned jurors that they will be subjected to “very graphic material” throughout the trial, which is expected to last three weeks.

Watkins has denied the 24 sex offences against him, including possession of child pornography, sexual assault and conspiracy to sexually assault a young child.

Two female defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are also on-trial with Watkins. All three face 32 charges in total.

In August of this year, Watkins was placed on suicide watch and recommended to be moved from prison to a psychiatric facility by a clinical psychologist.

Last month, Lostprophets announced on their Facebook page that they were separating after 15 years of making music together: “After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets”.

The trial is set to conclude on December 20 when the courts close for the Christmas holidays. Should it continue into 2014, it will reconvene when the courts reopen on January 6.

Lauren O’Halleron