Ian Watkins, the former frontman of Lostprophets, has reportedly experienced a stabbing incident while in prison.
Currently serving a 29-year sentence along with an additional six years on license for a range of child sex offenses, including the attempted rape of a baby, Watkins is incarcerated at HMP Wakefield. According to The Mirror, Watkins was assaulted and taken captive by three fellow inmates on a Saturday morning. Subsequently, he was discovered and rescued by prison officers, then transferred to a hospital for medical attention.
A spokesperson from the Prison Service conveyed, "Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate."
Watkins' imprisonment began in December 2013 after pleading guilty to 13 sex-related charges at Cardiff Crown Court. These charges encompassed the aforementioned attempted rape of a baby, conspiring to rape a child, multiple counts of sexual assault involving minors, seven counts related to producing, possessing, or distributing indecent images of children, and one count involving the possession of an extreme pornographic image depicting a sexual act with an animal.
In 2019, Watkins received an additional 10 months to his sentence following a conviction for possessing a mobile phone within the prison premises. The court was informed that he concealed the device within his rectum to evade detection by prison staff. Initially, Watkins had denied possessing a three-inch GSTAR phone in his cell.
Reports from 2017 indicated that Watkins had engaged in inappropriate communication from his prison cell with a mother, resulting in her child being taken into protective care after authorities were alerted about her association with the disgraced musician. The NSPCC expressed deep concern, stating, "We're sickened. It's utterly bewildering that he could carry on grooming. It shows contempt for children he abused, and raises serious questions about supervision."
During that period, prison authorities at Wakefield claimed that their scrutiny of the communication via letters and emails revealed nothing suspicious. Lincolnshire police underlined their commitment to safeguarding vulnerable individuals, including both adults and children.