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While the Bahamas’ tourism slogan is “It’s Better in the Bahamas.” That wasn’t necessarily the case for the caretaker of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris’ property. His house was robbed of $8,000 worth of things, and the property’s caretaker, Philip Pierre had a knife held to his throat was beaten and left in a pool of blood wrapped in duct tape.
Tribune 242 reports that the robbers broke into the house, at Cable Beach, by sawing through the chains on the front gate of a home on the property that was being used as a site office and storage facility for the guest house. Thankfully the property manager, Charles Beall, said that many of his employees canvassed the island and were able to find two of the gang that broke in, as well as $5,000 worth of stolen property. Steve Harris had no comment on the goings-on.
[Metal Sucks, via Adrian Begrand]
On the eve of his trial, Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to 13 of the child sex offenses he’d been charged with, including the attempted rape of a baby, the BBC reports. This is an abrupt change, since he’d previously denied all of the allegations since being arrested last December. Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, but not guilty to rape. He’ll be sentenced on the 18th of December. The vocalist admitted three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children, and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.
The other two women that had been arrested were accused by the court of sexually abusing their own children and making them available to Watkins for abuse. The court was told that text messages proved this, with one text to Watkins saying “If you belong to me, so does your baby.” The hearing was also told that Watkins wanted to “teach” the babies how to take drugs. The women both pleaded guilty, with one admitting attempted rape of a baby after denying rape and two charges of sexual assault as well as taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child. The second pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child, three sexual assault charges and four charges of taking, possessing or distributing indecent images.
With Watkins and the two women pleading guilty to nearly all of the charges, it spares the jury what could have been an extremely graphic and disturbing trial. The remaining members of Lostprophets disbanded at the beginning of last month. It’s not certain how long Watkins’ sentence will be, but it’s safe to say that he’ll be behind bars for some time as this disturbing saga comes to close. Read more »
What’s the face of crime look like? Perhaps it looks like 24 year-old David Adam Pate, a gentleman who’s been charged with murder in Lancaster, South Carolina. WIST reports that the badly decomposed body of Rickey W. James was found last week in the woods in the town, and investigators had found that James and Pate had gone into the woods five weeks prior, and Pate killed James and concealed his body in a pile of brush. Pate was charged on Friday, but he’d been arrested two weeks prior for disorderly conduct and had been jailed since on the charge.
Apart from having a forked tongue, Pate also has seven face tattoos, including “Satan” above his right eyebrow and what looks a hell of a lot like a Slipknot logo between his eyes. His mugshot is both disturbing as hell and perhaps a cautionary tale to body modification. It’s hard to figure out what the numbers tattooed on his neck mean, but needless to say, he’s likely going to be incarcerated for quite a while.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. James. We are thankful that we were able to solve this case so quickly, Sheriff Barry Faile said. “Our investigators did a great job putting this case together. We suspected Pate almost immediately but had to wait on lab results to prove it. We are thankful he is in jail where he belongs.”
[WIST, via Gawker]
Today, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis appeared in a courtroom for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. The brief meeting lasted about a minute. According to Lambgoat, who was at the hearing, Lambesis pleaded “not guilty” to one felony charge of solicitation of murder. A readiness conference has been set for January 15th, 2014. Essentially, a pretrial conference, the prosecution and defense will meet and discuss the case. If they can’t agree to resolve it then and there, it will proceed to trial.
It was mentioned that the trial may tentatively start on March 11, but it’s likely that will be pushed back as well. Lambgoat says that speculation suggests that a plea deal may be reached, with Lambesis’ defense attorney Thomas Warwick insisting that steroids had an effect on the singer’s judgment. Just in case you’re keeping track, Lambesis was arrested on May 7. That’s at least 10 months of waiting around to find out if he’s going to do more time for plotting to kill his wife. Just in case any of you out there are planning on hiring a hitman to kill your wife, know that if/when you get caught, it’s going to take a long, long time to figure out what will happen to you once you do. Also, if any of you are planning on hiring a hitman to kill your wife, um, don’t do that.
While the details have yet to surface, Broken Hope posted a message to fans on their Facebook page early this morning saying they are aware that a fan got his throat slit during their show last night at the Tricky Falls concert venue in El Paso, Texas. The alleged weapon of choice – a box cutter. The band said paramedics and police were on the scene at the time of the post.
Deicide, Necronomicon and Disgorge but were also on the bill for the night, but the post indicates the incident may have happened during Broken Hope’s set.
News reports from the area indicate three people were stabbed in the incident at the club. We’ve reached out to the band for comment and will update if we hear back.
While Varg Vikerenes was expected to stand trial Thursday for allegations of racial hatred and exalting war crimes, his lawyers have managed to get the date pushed back until June, according to the BBC. Defense for the Norwegian black metal frontman requested more time to go over documents and prepare for his case. French courts responded, granting the associated Neo-Nazi with a June 2014 trial date.
Vikernes, lead singer for the band Burzum, was arrested in July on allegations that he was prepping for a “major terrorist attack” after his wife was detained for buying four rifles and connections were made between Vikernes and Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.
But Vikernes’ rap sheet chronicles more than just ideologies and alleged plots. He has already served 15 years of a 21-year prison sentence from which he was released from custody in 2009, for the murder of Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth, guitar player for the Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem. Vikernes was also found guilty of the arson of three churches.
Citing wrongful arrest by French authorities for the new batch of charges, Vikernes started a crowdfunding campaign to help with legal battles. However, goal amounts may likely change to correspond with the lengthy time period of defense on the horizon.
Norwegian black metal frontman Kristian ‘Varg’ Vikernes is set to stand trial on allegations of racial hatred and exalting war crimes on the internet, according to the International Business Times. The Burzum singer was arrested in July by authorities who feared he may be prepping for a “major terrorist attack” after his wife was detained for buying four rifles in Salon-la-Tour.
A convicted murderer and self-proclaimed Neo-Nazi, Vikernes has also been linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik sent a copy of his manifesto to Vikernes, the Paris prosecutor’s office told the IBT. Breivik killed 77 people in 2011 during a shooting spree in Utoya and bombing in central Oslo.
The arrest and manifesto spearheaded the investigation towards the recent charges on Vikernes, the office said. Vikernes has already served 15 years of a 21-year prison sentence for the murder Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth, guitar player for the Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem and for burning three churches.
Vikernes is citing wrongful arrest on French authorities for the terrorism charges after initially saying they were respectful in handling the arrest. In the meantime, Vikernes has launched a crowdfunding effort to help with his legal fees.
After Metal Insider broke the news that Necrophobic vocalist Tobias Sidegard had been arrested on allegations of abuse towards his wife and children, we received a not-so-nice response from the singer. While the band was more cautious in response, having been caught off guard, they’ve now had enough. Sidegard was found guilty on two counts of abuse in September and the band has made a decision on the singer’s fate now that the verdict is passed.
They have parted ways with the vocalist, releasing the following statement on their Facebook page, saying Sidegard will also release a statement regarding the split via his page which currently says he is still employed by the band.
NECROPHOBIC CONTINUE WITHOUT TOBIAS SIDEGÅRD.
Tobias is no longer a member of NECROPHOBIC. The verdict following his trial regrettably left us, the band, with no other choice. As stated before, NECROPHOBIC do not accept or tolerate domestic violence in any way.
We will now search for a replacement.
Tobias will make a statement of his own within the next couple of days, which he will publish on his Facebook page:
Necrophobic’s new album Womb of Lilithu, is still scheduled to be released on October 25th.
It was only a matter of time before Lostprophets would be forced to make a decision on the fate of their band, but they are not awaiting the outcome of frontman Ian Watkins’ sex abuse trial to do so. The band announced today via Facebook that they are calling it quits.
Watkins was faced with child sex offense charges late last year from which he was imprisoned and then placed on a five-time-per-hour suicide watch. Police in South Wales charged the singer in December with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13, possession and distribution of indecent images of children, conspiring with a woman to rape a one-year-old girl, two incidents of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children and possessing “extreme” animal pornography, the BBC originally reported. Watkins is denying the charges.
The band released a statement following the news saying they were in a “state of shock” regarding the charges against the person who founded their band. Today’s information regarding their future came in the Facebook statement below. Read more »
Several weeks ago, Metal Insider broke the story that Necrophobic frontman Tobias Sidegard had been in prison on charges that he’d abused his wife and children. While he’d been sentenced to 18 months, the vocalist e-mailed us later that day, stating that he was out of prison following a second appeal and that the final judgment would be in two weeks. The sentence was handed down earlier today, and Sidegard has still been found guilty, but he’ll only be doing six months, as opposed to the 18 that he’d been originally sentenced to.
Sidegard was found guilty of two charges of “abuse.” He was originally accused of “severe abuse to a female partner.” The court found that testimony from his ex-wife Linda was not found altogether trustworthy, in that she hadn’t been totally forthcoming about her own drug use. That seems to have played a part in the reduced sentence. The court still had full trust in the testimony the children gave, however. As part of the term, he has to pay Linda 16,000 kronor plus interest, which works out to around $2,500. It’s not known whether time already served will shorten his sentence.
This will probably put a bit of a damper on promotional plans for Necrophobic’s Womb of Lilithu, which is still scheduled to be released on October 25th. The band said that they would have no comment on the matter until after things were resolved. They haven’t commented on Sidegard’s sentence yet, though.