Monday 11 December 2017

Man accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone was 'just going on a day out'

Ryan Hooper

ONE of the two men accused of plotting to kill singer Joss Stone said he had not heard of her before and thought he was "just going on a day out" on the morning the pair were arrested, a few miles from her home.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, and co-accused Kevin Liverpool, 35, were stopped at around 9am on June 13 near Cullompton in Devon, having driven down from Manchester in a Fiat Punto.

 

Exeter Crown Court heard last week that a stash of weapons - including a samurai sword and a knife - was found in the car, along with a series of maps relating to the area.

 

The two men, both of St Stephen's Close, Manchester, deny charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to rob.

 

Giving evidence today, Bradshaw told his defence counsel, Martin Meeke QC, that he did not know where he was going when the pair set off, seven hours before their arrest in Devon. He also said he had never heard of the 25-year-old pop star before.

 

Mr Meeke said: "The day you were arrested - you and Liverpool set off from his flat in Manchester, didn't you?"

 

Bradshaw replied: "I think so."

 

Asked who had the idea to go, Bradshaw again said he could not remember.

 

Mr Meeke asked Bradshaw where the pair were going, to which the defendant replied: "We were just going on a day out."

 

He said he did not remember what time they left, or where they were going.

 

Mr Meeke asked: "Do you remember what you were going to do when you arrived where you were going?"

 

Bradshaw, dressed in a dark hooded top, said: "No."

 

The defendant told the court he used to listen to R&B and hip-hop at the flat with his co-accused.

 

Asked by Mr Meeke if he had ever heard Liverpool mention the name "Joss Stone", Bradshaw, speaking with a soft northern accent, said: "No."

 

He denied having heard of soul singer Miss Stone - who gave evidence last week - before the case against him started.

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