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Joss Stone Murder Plot Trial: Junior Bradshaw And Kevin Liverpool Found Guilty

03/04/2013 15:41 BST | Updated 04/04/2013 11:02 BST

Two men have been convicted of hatching a plot to rob and kill international pop star Joss Stone.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, and Kevin Liverpool, 35, harboured deep hatred for the 25-year-old soul singer.

The defendants, both of St Stephen's Close, Longsight, Manchester denied charges of conspiracy to murder, the alternative charges of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to rob.

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Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw were arrested a few miles from Joss Stone's house

But the jury found Bradshaw and Liverpool guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob after a three-week trial at Exeter Crown Court.

The court heard how the two men travelled to Stone's Devon home in June 2011, armed with a Samurai sword.

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Joss Stone arriving at court to give evidence

Bradshaw told the jury he had never heard of Stone, while notes written by Liverpool showed he wanted to behead her because of her links to the Royal Family.

The duo referred to the singer as the "she-devil", the court heard.

During the trial, it was claimed the alleged murder plot was fraught with problems.

The pair were spoken to by police having been involved in a crash on the journey south.

They also asked a postman for directions to Miss Stone's home using a picture of the pop star in an attempt to track her down, the court heard.

In a statement after the verdicts, Stone said: "I'd like to thank everyone for all their support and kind wishes.

"I am relieved the trial is now over and that these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."

Outside court, her mother Wendy Joseph, who attended the trial each day, echoed her daughter's sentiments.

She said: "Joss would like to thank everybody for their support and all of their good wishes.

"Joss and myself and indeed our whole family are relieved the trial is now over and these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."

In a statement after the verdicts, Stone said: "I'd like to thank everyone for all their support and kind wishes.

"I am relieved the trial is now over and that these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."

Outside court, her mother Wendy Joseph, who attended the trial each day, echoed her daughter's sentiments.

She said: "Joss would like to thank everybody for their support and all of their good wishes.

"Joss and myself and indeed our whole family are relieved the trial is now over and these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."