Guilty verdict for men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone

Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool found guilty of plotting to murder the soul singer

Guilty verdict for men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone
Two men have been convicted of plotting to kill singer Joss Stone, it has been confirmed.

Both Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool of Manchester were found guilty of planning to kill, injure and rob the singer at her Devon home, according to BBC News. The jury took just four hours to deliver their unanimous verdict at Exeter Crown Court. Kevin Liverpool will be jailed for life, with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months. However, sentencing of Junior Bradshaw has been adjourned.

Notes revealed during the trial revealed that the pair had targeted Stone due to her links with the Royal Family. Reports from the final day of the trial yesterday (April 2) revealed that, when summing up the defence, the lawyer representing Kevin Liverpool asked the jury: "It was a frightening fantasy, but are you sure he intended real harm?" He added: "The sad truth is he is not dangerous, just a deluded inadequate." However, Simon Morgan, acting for the prosecution, said: "Stupidity is not a defence. However poor a plan, it is a plan."

Liverpool and Bradshaw were charged with plotting to rob and kill Stone, who they called a "she-devil", before dumping her decapitated body in a river. The pair were arrested in June 2011 a few miles from Stone's home near Ashill, mid-Devon, with an arsenal of weapons including a samurai sword, knives, a hammer, black bags and gloves – in the boot of their car. It is alleged they were part of a gang – the other members of which have not been traced.

Earlier in the trial it was revealed that Beyoncé, Cheryl Cole and Craig David were among the names mentioned in rambling entries in a 2007 edition diary found in the home of the two men accused of plotting to murder Stone.

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