Back in June of 2011, two men, Junior Bradshaw, 35 and Kevin Liverpool, 32, were arrested very close to English soul singer Joss Stone’s home. The authorities were called by neighbors who grew suspicious of the men and they were detained before they could reach the singer’s house, reports the Guardian.
In their car, police discovered a samurai sword, knives, a hammer, black bags, gloves and an arsenal of other weapons, along with notes that read “Jocelyn RIP,” “Once Jocelyn’s dead … find a river to dump her.” Notes with references to the word “decapitate” and were also recovered. On Monday during the trial, prosecutor Simon Morgan told the jury that Bradshaw and Liverpool were plotting to rob and decapitate the 25-year-old recording artist, who’s real name is Jocelyn Stoker. Prosecutors also suggest that the two suspects were a part of a larger gang, with whom they conspired the murder plot. Their co-conspirators, however, could not be traced.
To make matters worse, Jocelyn was actually home at the time that the incident occurred and more than likely had her doors unlocked and her security system deactivated.
“Apart from someone [the police] coming around to say someone is trying to kill me, it was a really nice day,” she told the courts.
“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.”
“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 gate, shut the gate hopefully so the dogs don’t get out, then say hello.”
Investigators are not completely sure of the exact motive for the plot, but are led to believe that Jocelyn was not only targeted for her money or celebrity, but also because of her relationship with the royal family. Another note recovered from the assailants’ car read:
“I don’t kill just for dollars, only for good cause or reason.”
“But she [the Queen] likes Joss Stone… Invited to Will’s wedding by Queen. Where’s the sense in that?”
Bradshaw and Liverpool are denying all of the charges being brought against them.