Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Man denies Joss Stone plot charges

Joss Stone was not in court to face the accused

A man has appeared in court to deny charges linked to an alleged plot to kidnap and kill soul star Joss Stone.

Kevin Liverpool, 34, appeared at Exeter Crown Court today to plead not guilty to conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit GBH and conspiracy to commit robbery.

He is accused of carrying out the crimes targeting Joss, 24, whose hits include Fell In Love With A Boy, between January and June this year with Junior Bradshaw, 31.

Mr Bradshaw also appeared in court today but was not asked to enter any pleas to any charges pending the result of psychiatric tests.

The two men, of St Stephen's Close, Manchester, were arrested on June 13 this year, close to the Devon home of Joss, a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who has an estimated £9 million fortune.

At a previous hearing, a court was told items including a samurai sword and notes mentioning Joss's name were found in the car.

The singer released a statement at the time of the arrests saying she was "absolutely fine" and "getting on with life as normal" following the arrest of the two men.

She said at the time: "I'd like to thank everyone for their concern but I'm absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while the police continue with their inquiries."

The singer's mother, Wendy Joseph, was in the public gallery during the short hearing.

Both men were remanded in custody ahead of a trial scheduled for August 6 next year.

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