Junior Bradshaw tells court he believed he was going on day out
One of the two men accused of plotting to murder Joss Stone has claimed that he had never heard of the singer prior to his arrest.
Junior Bradshaw, who is accused of plotting to kill Stone alongside his accomplice Kevin Liverpool, told the court today (March 25) that he had believed he was going on a day out when he was arrested seven miles from the singer’s home.
According to The Guardian, while giving evidence in Exeter Crown Court, Bradshaw told his defence counsel, Martin Meeke QC, that they “were just going on a day out,” when asked why he was in Devon the day of his arrest. The defendant added that did not remember what time they left, or where they were going.
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.
The entries also showed the plotters were planning to steal as little as £2,000 from Stone when they were arrested seven miles from her Devon home, the Telegraph reports.
Liverpool wrote his thoughts about the singer in the diary with one entry reading: “God doesn’t give a fuck. Protect yourself from this. Remember Jocelyn Stone. God let her take the piss.” Another note had the figures of £2,000 to £6,000 next to the word “robbery” with other pages referencing “rob, wet, injured, dead”. Other entries mentioned buying a semi-automatic gun, a gun holder, a silencer and infrared equipment, as well as a “ninja sword”.
Liverpool and Bradshaw are 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.
Bradshaw, 32, and Liverpool, 35, both from Manchester, deny charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to commit robbery. The trial continues.