Joss Stone Murder Plot Trial: Singer Tells Court She Did Not Lock Her Door

Singer Joss Stone has described her lax home security arrangements at the trial of two men accused of plotting to kill her.

The singer said she rarely used her alarm and did not lock her front door - although she had since changed her habits.

Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw have pleaded not guilty to plotting to rob and kill the 25-year-old in June 2011.

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

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

Stone was at home at the time but said she was only aware of the incident when police contacted her later that day.

Describing the security arrangements at her home at the time of the alleged plot, Stone, 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."

She also agreed that the property, accessed by narrow lanes in a rural part of mid-Devon, was an "open house" for family, friends and her then-boyfriend.

Wearing a white blouse and a black skirt, the singer said: "At the time I had a gate. To get in, they (visitors) would just open the gate, drive in with their car, get up to another (wooden) gate, shut the gate hopefully so the dogs don't get out, then say hello."

She also told the court: "Apart from someone (police) coming around to say someone is trying to kill me, it was a really nice day."

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, Miss Stone said: "That was strange - it was a surprise."

The trial continues.

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