Joss Stone 'plot' update: Men accused of targeting singer appear in court
Junior Bradshaw, 30, and Kevin Liverpool, 33, appeared at a UK court on Thursday, June 16 after being charged for allegedly plotting to harm and rob British singer Joss Stone.
Bradshaw, 30, and Liverpool, 33, who are both from Manchester, were arrested earlier this week near the 24-year-old British soul and R&B singer's home. They were charged on Wednesday by Devon and Cornwall Police with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
The men spoke at the 40-minute hearing only to confirm their identities and are set to return to court on July 1, the UK newspaper The Daily Mail said, adding that Liverpool wore a black T-shirt and Bradshaw sported dreadlocks pulled into short pigtails and a gray sweatshirt.
Stone and her family did not appear in court. The singer said in a statement on Wednesday: "I'd like to thank everyone for their concern but I'm absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while the police continue with their enquiries."
Stone has sold 11 million albums worldwide and is one of the United Kingdom's wealthiest contemporary artists.
The suspects were nabbed after neighbors told police they spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle near her home. BBC News had quoted a police source as saying that the men were found with plans of Stone's home and a body bag.
The Daily Mail said detectives had also found a Samurai sword, knives, a hammer, gloves and balaclavas and that notes seen in the car in question reportedly contained notes with phrases that read "find a river to dump her in" as well as "rob and kill, money in the safe, Joscelyn rob." Police have not confirmed this. Bradshaw and Liverpool have not commented on the accusations.
There are conflicting reports about whether Stone was at home at the time of the arrests or when the vehicle was parked near her property.
The news comes more than a month before Stone is set to release her fifth studio album, "LP1." The record hits stores on July 26. Stone plans to promote her new music with appearances on U.S. talk programs such as "The Tonight Show" and concerts in Europe, starting on July 11.