The trial of two men accused of plotting to rob and murder Joss Stone has been adjourned until next March.
Junior Bradshaw, 31, and Kevin Liverpool, 34, are accused of targeting the 25-year-old singer at her home in Devon in June last year. They were arrested by police after being discovered outside her home with swords, rope and a body bag in their possession.
The men, both from Manchester, deny charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to commit robbery.
According to the Press Association, the trial had been due to begin today (August 6), but Judge Francis Gilbert QC adjourned the proceedings until March 2013 to give the defence team more time to examine further medical evidence relating to the case. There had previously been doubts over whether Bradshaw would be fit to stand trial, after he was moved to a mental health unit in March.
A source said of the arrests back in June, “The pair were brought in on Tuesday morning and are in the cells. They are being quizzed about a plot to cause Joss Stone really serious harm. They have their solicitors with them but the police want to know what lies behind this.”
They added: “The police want to know if this alleged conspiracy is about her money and fame or just some kind of resentment over her success. It looks like this pair had an A-Z of what they were planning to do. A body bag, swords and maps of where she lives in mid-Devon were recovered. It looks like they were going to do her really nasty harm if they didn’t get what they wanted.”