Monday 19 March 2018

Police alerted Stone to 'kill plot'

Joss Stone has given evidence at the trial of two men accused of plotting to murder her
Joss Stone has given evidence at the trial of two men accused of plotting to murder her

Joss Stone has told a court that she was only aware of an alleged plot to kill her when she was visited by the police.

The 25-year-old soul singer was giving evidence in the trial of Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, who are charged with plotting to rob and kill her in June 2011.

Exeter Crown Court heard that the pair were arrested a few miles from Joss' home near Ashill, mid-Devon, with an arsenal of weapons - including a samurai sword - in the boot of their Fiat Punto.

Joss was at home at the time but said she was only aware of the incident when police contacted her later that day. She told the court: "Apart from someone (police) coming around to say someone is trying to kill me, it was a really nice day.

Speaking about the lack of security at her home, she said: "I've lived in Devon for a long time and nobody really shuts their door."

Describing the security arrangements at her home at the time of the alleged plot, Joss - who said she was happy to be referred to in court by her real name, Jocelyn Stoker - said: "I had an alarm but I did not really turn it on very much. I didn't really have a lock on my door... But I do now."

The court heard that the two defendants were arrested at around 9am on June 13, 2011. Asked by Philip King QC, representing Liverpool, about what happened when police arrived at her home, Joss said: "That was strange - it was a surprise."

Members of the jury were shown copies of Joss' tour diary, charting dates when she was in and out of the country including at the time of the alleged plot. The record showed the singer was "home" from June 9-20.

Asked by Mr King if there was any reason for Joss to "keep quiet" about where she lived, the Fell In Love With A Boy singer smiled as she said: "Everybody knows where everybody lives (in the area). I didn't really feel worried about it."

She described her tour diary as "private", but said some people wanting to know whether she was at home or not might "put two and two together" with the help of her published concert dates.

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