Joss Stone murder plot earns 18 year jail sentence

One of the men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone claims he had never heard of the singer. Photo / Supplied
One of the men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone claims he had never heard of the singer. Photo / Supplied

A man who joined his flatmate in plotting to rob and murder soul singer Joss Stone has been jailed for 18 years by a British court.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, acted as driver for Kevin Liverpool, who was jailed for life in April for devising the plot to kidnap Stone from her rural home in Devon, southwest England.

Bradshaw was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a judge at Exeter Crown Court in Devon after a jury found both men guilty of conspiracy to murder in April.

Liverpool, 35, was jailed immediately after the trial for a minimum of 10 years and eight months, but Bradshaw's sentencing was delayed while psychiatric reports were prepared.

The pair were arrested in June 2011 a few kilometres from Stone's home, with an array of weapons including a samurai sword in their car.

Residents near Stone's home had alerted police after the bungling duo stopped to ask for directions. They had also asked a postman for directions, showing him a photograph of the singer.

Notes found in the defendants' possession showed they intended to decapitate the pop star before dumping her body in a river, their trial heard.

The 25-year-old singer, who burst onto the scene in 2003 with her platinum-selling debut album The Soul Sessions, was at home at the time.

She told the trial that security had been lax at the house and she had rarely locked her front door, adding: "But I do now."

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- AFP

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