Lostprophets paedophile Ian Watkins stabbed after ‘spat over guitar lessons’

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    Convicted paedophile Ian Watkins’ injuries are not life-threatening after he was attacked in Wakefield prison over the weekend, it has been confirmed.

    The former Lostprophets frontman – who is serving a 29-year sentence for multiple sec crimes including against young children and babes – was “found by officers after being held hostage and battered on Saturday morning (August 6)”, according to a source.

    They told the Mirror on Saturday: “He’s in a life-threatening condition and there are fears he could die. If he survives, he’ll have been very lucky.”

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    It is understood the convicted criminal was taken hostage by three other inmates – two thought to be known “killers” – shortly after 9am that morning.

    He is said to have suffered stab wounds and beaten before he was eventually freed by prison officers approximately six hours later.

    It is claimed that jealousy over Watkins giving guitar lessons to other inmates was the motivation behind the attack.

    Witnesses said paramedics worked to save his life in an ambulance outside of the jail.

    A Prison Service spokesperson told the Mirror over the weekend: “Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate.”

    In 2013, the singer pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to 13 child sex offences. He also admitted to the rape and sexual assault of a child who was under the age of 13.

    Watkins pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of the possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

    On November 27, the day after his guilty plea had been accepted by the prosecution, Watkins referred to his sex offences as “mega lolz” in a recorded phone call to a female fan made from HMP Prison Parc.

    Justice John Royce sentenced Watkins to 29 years behind bars on December 18, 2013, stating Watkins had a “corrupting influence” and had shown a “complete lack of remorse”.

    He added Watkins posed a significant risk to the public in particular to women with young children.

    After sentencing, the hitmaker was transferred from HM Prison Parc, where he had been incarcerated while on remand, to HM Prison Wakefield to begin serving his lengthy sentence.

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    The institution is often dubbed the “Monster Mansion” due to the large number of high-profile, high-risk sex offenders and murderers held there.

    In 2014, the criminal was transferred to HM Prison Lond Lartin on January 25, 2014, in order to be closer to his mother as she underwent a kidney transplant.

    But in 2018, the disgraced singer was sent back to Wakefield Prison one year on after he was accused of grooming a mother through a series of letters he sent from his cell.

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