Ian Watkins trial: Jurors to be offered counselling
Jurors in the trial of Lostprophets rock star Ian Watkins will be offered counselling after hearing how he allegedly raped a baby.
A judge today revealed the panel of 12 men and women will get the chance to have therapy because of the "nature of the evidence" in the case of singer Watkins.
Watkins, 35, denies 24 separate sex offences, including two charges of raping a baby, one of conspiracy to rape a child and one of conspiracy to sexually assault a child.
The frontman appeared at the pre-trial review at Cardiff Crown Court via video-link from Parc prison, Bridgend, South Wales.
Judge Eleri Rees told the court: "We need to consider what material the jury will be shown.
"There is the possibility that some jury members, having completed the trial may need counselling."
Watkins also denies charges of sexually assaulting a baby and aiding and abetting a woman to sexually assault a baby.
Two women, aged 20 and 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also appeared in court yesterday.
One has admitted sexual touching a baby, taking indecent photographs and distributing photographs of a child.
The three defendants are accused of a total of 32 offences.
Watkins, whose band has sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide, also faces charges of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.
The court was told how extra steps will be taken to try and select jury members who haven't heard of the rock star.
Judge Rees added: "This maybe a challenging trial for empanelling a jury.
"I would ask the prosecution and defence to prepare a draft questionnaire for potential jury members."
Watkins is also accused of possessing an extreme image depicting a person having sex with an animal.
The oldest of the alleged offences against Watkins, from Pontypridd, South Wales, dates to 2007.
Judge Eleri Rees adjourned the hearing until 12 November for a case-management hearing at the same court.
All three were remanded in custody.