Joss Stone speaks of relief as trial of two men convicted of trying to kill her comes to an end
Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw were convicted of planning to behead and rob the soul singer
Speaking after the verdicts were read yesterday, Stone said (via The Mirror): "I'd like to thank everyone for all their support and kind wishes…I am relieved the trial is now over and that these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."
Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool of Manchester were found guilty of planning to kill, injure and rob the singer at her Devon home. 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. Sentencing of Junior Bradshaw has been adjourned, however.
Liverpool and Bradshaw were charged with plotting to rob and kill Stone, whom 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.