Joss Stone murder plot: Accused pair 'had sword'

Joss Stone
Image caption The men were arrested after being seen near Joss Stone's Devon home

Two men accused of plotting to murder singer Joss Stone were carrying a sword, a lock knife, a hammer and notes of their intentions, a court has heard.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, and Kevin Liverpool, 35, both of St Stephens Close, Manchester, were arrested in June 2011 in Cullompton, Devon, close to her house.

The singer was at home on the day, Exeter Crown Court heard.

The pair deny conspiracy to murder, rob and cause grievous bodily harm.

The two men set off from Manchester and were arrested after being seen driving around the area, a few miles from her home.

They had become lost, the court heard, and they had asked a local postman for directions to the 25-year-old singer's home.

'Decapitation plan'

Prosecutors said "eagle-eyed" residents spotted them driving and acting suspiciously.

The police were called and the men were subsequently stopped and arrested.

When their vehicle was searched, officers found a sword, a section of hosepipe, a hammer and a holdall containing a spike, black bags and tape.

Notes found in the defendants' possession showed they intended to decapitate the pop star before dumping her body in a river, the jury of 10 men and two women was told.

Simon Morgan, prosecuting, said the motive was "irrelevant", but the notes indicated the singer had been targeted because of her social connections with members of the Royal Family.

The Devon-based Brit award-winning singer is best known for hits including Super Duper Love and Fell In Love With A Boy, plus her albums The Soul Sessions.

She recently took part in a re-recording of The Beatles' first album, Please Please Me, performing the track A Taste of Honey to mark the album's 50th anniversary.

The trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks, continues.

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