Lostprophets singer's crimes 'mega lolz'

Last updated 14:38 19/12/2013
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GUILTY: Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has admitted a raft of sexual assaults.

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The parents of Ian Watkins say they're utterly devastated by his sexual offending, as it's revealed the Lostprophets singer dismissed his abuse of children as ''mega lolz''.

Watkins' step-father John Davies, 53, told the Daily Mail  of his and his 60-year-old wife Elaine's anger at the despicable actions of the rockstar.

The pair were too distressed to go to court to see him sentenced and have instead focused their sympathy on his victims.

"I could cheerfully spend an hour knocking him around a cell," Davies said.

"There are things I may well want to say to him.

"These offences are so horrific. They are the most heinous crimes. Every one of us is completely and utterly devastated."

He feared Watkins will be remembered as a "sort of Jimmy Savile character", saying he was being targeted in prison because of his fame.

Elaine was seriously unwell following a kidney transplant and had had her strong bond with Watkins destroyed.

It has also been revealed that Watkins phoned a friend from prison after pleading guilty last month and described his offending as "mega lolz" - a phrase used by his band the Lostprophets when something should be mocked by "laughing out loud".

He said his crimes were "not that bad", adding: "I don't know what everyone is getting so freaked out about."
 
He also tried to use his fame to reduce his sentence, claiming he was "bombarded with messages from fans trying to hit on him".

Watkins has now been disowned by his brother, Daniel.

"When I was in high school it was awesome. I thought all the attention was great.

"I was naive. I don't want to be known as the brother of Ian Watkins."

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