Ian Watkins, the former singer for Welsh rock band Lostprophets, will have an application to have the length of his jail sentence for a string of child sex offences reduced considered by a Cardiff court.

Watkins was jailed last December for a term of 29 years (with a further 6 years on licence) and will have his application overseen by three court judges, who will also consider a similar appeal from a woman who was also jailed for 17 years in relation to the case.

The singer, aged 37, is not contesting the thirteen individual convictions but believes that his sentence delivered by Mr Justice Royce is overly harsh.

Watkins has initially pleaded innocent to the charges in spite of solid evidence but changed his plea and avoided a trial but later complained that he didn't realise that him pleading guilty would make him "look guilty".

The case will be considered at around midday today.

(via The Guardian)