Joss Stone murder plotters sentences reduced

Two men from Manchester convicted of plotting to rob and kill international pop star Joss Stone have had their sentences reduced.

Men behind Joss Stone plot have sentences reduced

Singer Joss Stone Credit: PA Images

Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, from Manchester, who were convicted of plotting to rob and kill pop star Joss Stone, have won appeals against their sentences.

Liverpool, who was originally given life with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months, has had his minimum term reduced, while Bradshaw's 18-year sentence has been reduced to 10 years by Court of Appeal judges

Stone plotters to get appeal result

Joss Stone Credit: PA

Two men from Manchester convicted of plotting to rob and kill international pop star Joss Stone find out the result of their appeals against sentence today.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London will announce their decision in challenges by Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, who were found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob following a three-week trial at Exeter Crown Court last year.

Liverpool was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months - while Bradshaw was jailed for 18 years.

Judge Francis Gilbert, the Recorder of Exeter, branded Liverpool a danger to the public and said he targeted Miss Stone to get more than £1 million from her.

He told him: "You intended to rob her and kill her and dump her body in the river, according to your words, and then leave the country with your accomplice Junior Bradshaw. You had no reason to target her except that she was a wealthy young woman as she was a successful singer."

Liverpool, 36, and Bradshaw, 33, drove from Manchester to Miss Stone's home in mid-Devon with an arsenal of weapons to rob and kill her.

The flatmates, of St Stephen's Close, Longsight, Manchester, had scouted Miss Stone's home and were on their way to attack her armed with a sword, three knives, two hammers, masks, gloves and a hosepipe when they were arrested in Cullompton in June 2011.

Suspicious residents had called the police, having spotted Liverpool and Bradshaw's badly-damaged Fiat Punto in the area. The pair told police they were lost and were trying to get to Bristol but officers became wary and quickly discovered the cache in the boot.

Both men were present in the dock of the court for the hearing of their appeals last week. After hearing submissions from QCs on their behalf, Lady Justice Macur announced that the court would give its decision on the appeals today.

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Two men convicted of plotting to rob and kill singer Joss Stone appeal against their sentences

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London heard challenges by Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, who were found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob following a three-week trial last year.

Liverpool was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months. Bradshaw was jailed for 18 years. The pair drove from Manchester to Miss Stone's home in mid-Devon with an arsenal of weapons to rob and kill her.

After hearing submissions from QCs on their behalf, Lady Justice Macur announced that the court would give its decision on the appeals next Tuesday.

Joss Stone murder plotters to appeal sentence

Joss Stone Credit: PA

Two men from Manchester convicted of plotting to rob and kill international pop star Joss Stone will appeal against the length of their sentences today.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London will hear challenges by Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, who were found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob following a three-week trial at Exeter Crown Court last year.

Liverpool was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months - the least he must serve before becoming eligible to apply for parole - while Bradshaw was jailed for 18 years.

Judge Francis Gilbert, the Recorder of Exeter, branded Liverpool a danger to the public and said he targeted Miss Stone to get more than £1 million from her.

He told him: "You intended to rob her and kill her and dump her body in the river, according to your words, and then leave the country with your accomplice Junior Bradshaw. You had no reason to target her except that she was a wealthy young woman as she was a successful singer."

Liverpool, 36, and Bradshaw, 33, drove from Manchester to Miss Stone's home in mid-Devon with an arsenal of weapons to rob and kill her.

The flatmates, of St Stephen's Close, Longsight, Manchester, had scouted Miss Stone's home and were on their way to attack her armed with a sword, three knives, two hammers, masks, gloves and a hosepipe when they were arrested in Cullompton in June 2011.

Suspicious residents had called the police, having spotted Liverpool and Bradshaw's badly-damaged Fiat Punto in the area.

The pair told police they were lost and were trying to get to Bristol but officers became wary and quickly discovered the cache in the boot.