Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Joss Stone murder plot pair guilty

Two men have been convicted of hatching a plot to murder Joss Stone

Two men have been convicted of plotting to rob and kill international pop star Joss Stone.

Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, harboured a deep hatred of the world-famous soul singer.

They were found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob following a three-week trial at Exeter Crown Court.

Liverpool is starting a life sentence - with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months - while his co-defendant awaits sentencing.

Speaking after Wednesday's hearing, the star said she was "relieved" the pair "are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone".

Judge Francis Gilbert QC, The Recorder of Exeter, branded Liverpool a danger to the public and said he targeted Miss Stone in order 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. You assumed as she was a friend of the royal family she would be able to give you money.

"It may have been, to use the colloquial, 'a crazy scheme from a crazy person and must be likely to fail' but when you decided to travel from Manchester to Devon you intended to carry it out."

The defendants, both of St Stephen's Close, Longsight, Manchester stood expressionless as the jury foreman returned the verdicts after just four hours' deliberations.

Bradshaw will be sentenced at a later date following the preparation of reports. The judge said he was considering passing a hybrid sentence, meaning he would receive a custodial sentence but would most likely serve it in a secure psychiatric unit.

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