Duo guilty of singer murder plot

Two men have been found guilty of conspiring to rob and murder the soul singer Joss Stone. Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, were arrested near her home in 2011.

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Two convicted harboured 'deep hatred' for Stone

The two men were convicted of hatching a plot to rob and kill Joss Stone. 32-year-old Junior Bradshaw and 35-year-old Kevin Liverpool harboured deep hatred for the soul singer.

Court drawing of Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw in court
Court drawing of Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw in court Credit: PA Wire

The men from Longsight in Manchester denied charges of conspiracy to murder, the alternative charges of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to rob.

The jury found Bradshaw and Liverpool guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob after a three-week trial at Exeter Crown Court.

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Judge in Joss Stone trial resumes summing up

by Emily Morgan - ITV News Correspondent
Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw are charged with plotting to rob and kill singer Joss Stone in June 2011. Credit: PA Wire

The judge in the trial of Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, accused of conspiracy to murder Joss Stone, has resumed his summing up at Exeter Crown Court.

Joss Stone's mother is in the public gallery - she has been at court everyday.

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Latest from the Joss Stone trial

One of the men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone has told a jury he had never heard of the singer before his arrest. Junior Bradshaw said he thought he was going for ‘a day out’ in the country when he travelled to Devon with flatmate Kevin Liverpool.

Bradshaw told Exeter Crown Court he had no idea that the car he was driving contained an arsenal of weapons and said he did not know why there were two knives, two hammers and two balaclavas in it.

The former mental patient said he was sharing a small flat in Manchester but had no inkling about the plan he was allegedly cooking up to attack Joss Stone at her home in Devon. He denies all charges, as does his fellow defendant, Kevin Liverpool.

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Defendant's diary shown to jury in Joss Stone plot trial

The diary of one of two men accused of plotting to kill Devon-based singer Joss Stone has been shown to the jury at Exeter Crown Court.

Kevin Liverpool wrote his thoughts about the soul singer and also talked of the need to buy a semi-automatic gun, a silencer and a "ninja sword".

The diary was seized by police when they raided Liverpool's flat in Longsight, Manchester after he had been arrested in Devon.

Liverpool and co-accused Junior Bradshaw, deny plotting to rob and kill Miss Stone before dumping her body in a river in June 2011.

Lock-knife and body bags 'found near Joss Stone house'

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Joss Stone performing at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant last year Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The prosecution in the case of two men accused of conspiring to rob and murder the soul singer Joss Stone have shown the court the items that Police Constable Carl Sandy is said to have recovered from the defendants' car.

They include a lock-knife, body bags, hand-written notes and black gloves.

Police Constable Victoria Dixon, who arrested the two men, earlier described finding a sword, a hosepipe, two hammers and a metal spike when she stopped the defendants.

Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, were arrested near Stone’s home in 2011. Both deny all charges against them.

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Police ‘found sword' at arrest near Joss Stone’s home

by Emily Morgan - ITV News Correspondent
Court drawing of Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw in the dock at Exeter Crown Court. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police Constable Victoria Dixon, who arrested two men accused of conspiring to rob and murder the soul singer Joss Stone, has described finding a sword, a hosepipe, two hammers and a metal spike when she stopped the defendants.

Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, were arrested near Stone’s home in 2011. Both deny all charges against them.

The exhibits, shown in court today, also included a black hooded top, a roll of black bin bags, gaffer tape, a sock, a balaclava, three pairs of black gloves and a black hat, as well as route map print-outs.

Police Constable Dixon told the court she then arrested the defendants for being equipped with offensive weapons.

She later arrested Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool on suspicion of conspiracy to commit GBH.

Joss Stone: My home was an 'open house'

Soul singer Joss Stone has described to a court today how her home in Devon had been an "open house" for family.

Two men are facing trial charged with conspiring to rob and murder her.

Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, were arrested near her home in 2011.

Both deny all charges against them.

Stone told the court that the day of the alleged incident started out as a normal day, until the police turned up to tell her someone was trying to kidnap and kill her.

ITV News correspondent Emily Morgan reports:

Joss Stone: House was open for family and friends

Soul singer Joss Stone described to a court today how her home in Devon had been an "open house" for family, friends and her then-boyfriend.

Although she had a burglar alarm, she said she hardly ever used it. "I didn't really have a lock on my door... But I do now," she added.

Joss Stone being questioned by Simon Morgan QC at Exeter Crown Court today
Joss Stone being questioned by Simon Morgan QC at Exeter Crown Court today Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

She added that everyone who lived nearby knew where she lived and that she never worried about it until she learned from police of a plot to kill her.

"I think I can say that for everybody who lives around there. Until now."

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