Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is reported to be on suicide watch at least five times an hour as he prepares to stand trial of accusations relating to child sex offences which he was originally imprisoned for towards the end of 2012.
A clinical psychologist has suggested the singer receive anti-psychotic medication, and recommended he be moved from Parc prison in Bridgend to a psychiatric hospital. The details emerged as Watkins appeared via video-link at a pre-trial review in Cardiff Crown Court this morning.
The 35-year-old singer’s defence barrister Sally O’Neill said: “He has been seen by a clinical psychologist and she believes he should be receiving anti-psychotic medication… She wants him to be taken to a secure hospital for assessment and treatment.”
Watkins denies 24 sex offences, including allegations of planning to commit sexual offences on a young infant and possessing an extreme image of a person having sex with an animal. In a statement made by a representative for the vocalist released earlier this year, Watkins promises to “fight to the bitter end to clear his name.”
His co-accused, two females who cannot be named for legal reasons, also appeared in court today. Whilst one of the women, a 24-year-old, denies all charges against her, the other, a 20-year-old, has admitted to sexually touching a child and taking and distributing indecent images of the act.
All three were remanded in custody as Judge Eleri Rees adjourned the hearing until 14 October.