Joss Stone has said that she “felt sorry” for the two men found guilty of plotting to kill her.
Earlier this year Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool were both found guilty of planning to kill, injure and rob the singer at her Devon home in 2011. Speaking to The Express about her feeling towards then men, who were found by police in possession of weapons including a samurai sword, Stone said that she wondered if her music was to blame for motivating the men.
“There was a big part of me that felt sorry for them, sorry for their mums. I kept thinking, ‘What drives people to do something so awful as this?’ I thought about their mums, how they must feel. Someone comes to their door and says, ‘Your child has tried to murder someone’.”said Stone. “I did actually want to ask them why. Was it because I sang a song they hated?”
In April, Junior Bradshaw was found guilty of plotting to rob and kill the singer at her home in Devon in 2011. Bradshaw pleaded not guilty. His sentencing was delayed for psychiatric reports. The judge said that his low IQ of 65 did not impair his understanding of the crime. It was also ruled that Bradshaw did not require hospital treatment for his schizophrenia. The jury took just four hours to deliver their unanimous verdict at Exeter Crown Court. Kevin Liverpool was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months.
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.