Accomplice in singer's murder plot jailed

2013-07-10 12:16
Joss Stone
London - A man who helped his flatmate with a bungled plot to kidnap and kill the British soul singer Joss Stone was on Tuesday jailed by a court for 18 years.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, acted as driver for his friend, Kevin Liverpool, who was already sentenced to life in prison when the pair were convicted of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob in April.

The sentencing of Bradshaw, who was said during the trial to be suffering from schizophrenia, was initially delayed while psychiatric reports were prepared.

The two men had planned to decapitate 26-year-old Stone with a samurai sword.

Notes found in their possession showed they apparently disliked her connections with the royal family, which included attending the wedding of the duke and duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William.

The plot was a fantasy

They had set off from their home in the northern city of Manchester in June 2011 with the intention of finding Stone's home in the southern county of Devon.

Liverpool's defence had argued that the plot was a fantasy which was never going to be carried out.
They crashed along the way and had to ask a postman for directions when they got lost.

Concerned neighbours called the police when they spotted them within a few kilometres of Stone's home and Bradshaw was arrested when they discovered he did not have a driving licence.

A search of the car revealed a samurai sword, three knives, a section of garden hosepipe, two hammers, black gloves and balaclavas and a further holdall containing a metal spike, black bags and black tape.

A spokesperson for the singer said she did not wish to comment on Tuesday's sentencing.

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