Update: On Friday (August 9), former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was found guilty of possessing a phone while in prison, as reported by Metro and echoed by Theprp. He was hiding the phone in his anus. For the offense, he's now received an additional 10 months added to his already 35-year-long sentence due to child sex crimes for which he has previously displayed no remorse.

At the sentencing, Judge Rodney Jameson QC told Watkins, "I am very conscious of the fact you are serving a very long time and you will be well into middle age by the time you are released. The fact of the matter is if there is not an appreciable penalty for having had a mobile phone in these circumstances then of course you would draw from that the lesson you could have another one and that is not a position I would want to encourage."

Earlier this year, it was reported that former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was charged with possessing a phone while in prison. Now, the case is heading to the courts, with more details of the alleged possession being revealed.

Watkins, who is currently serving a 35 year prison sentence for assorted child sex crimes, is having the case heard at the Leeds Crown Court. During a recent session, a prison official provided testimony that Watkins had produced a "small white telephone" after being strip searched in March of 2018.

The phone was 8cm long, and was discovered in the singer's anus. According to The Independent, prosecutor Stephen Wood told the jury, “He reached in his underwear towards his anus. After about 10 seconds the defendant produced a small white telephone. You will understand that this must have been inserted into his anus.” The search also uncovered a phone charger in his cell.

Wood stated that Watkins told the police that “he was being forced to hold onto the phone by other prisoners. He said his life had been threatened. He told police he had been threatened with being slashed.” The prisoners in question were described as "serious guys," who had also sought to have him call "his groupies" to send him money in prison.

Wood disputed Watkins' account, stating that the musician had not been holding the phone under duress and had made contact with at least one woman outside of prison. The person Watkins contacted in turn in formed the authorities that the singer was in possession of a phone.

At press time, the trial was still ongoing.

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