A man who plotted to murder and rob British soul-singer Joss Stone in June 2011 was sentenced yesterday (9th July 2013) to 18 years in prison. The man in question, Junior Bradshaw, was sentenced following extensive psychiatric analysis. His accomplice Kevin Liverpool was sentenced to life in prison in April 2013.
In 2011, Joss Stone was the target of two men who intended to rob and kill her at her home in county Devon, UK. Kevin Liverpool was sentenced in April 2013, whilst the sentencing for Joe Bradshaw was delayed until yesterday (9th July 2013)
Joss Stone at The Global Angels Awards, London 2012.
The pair was noticed by locals close to Stone's house in Ashill, near Hemyock in Devon. When searched by police they were carrying a body bag and a number of weapons including two samurai swords. They intended to rob and kill Stone.
Both Kevin Liverpool and Joe Bradshaw are from Longsight, Manchester and they had travelled down to Devon in June 2011 in order to carry out their scheme. Terrifyingly for Stone she was at home at the time the pair were arrested, fortunately owing to the intervention of locals she never had to encounter the duo.
Junior Bradshaw was founded guilty and sentenced to 18 years. His partner in crime Kevin Liverpool was sentenced in April to life with a minimum serving sentence of 10 years and 8 months. He was charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob.
Following Liverpool's sentencing in April, Joss Stone's mother Wendy Joseph (who had been present at the trial) said "Joss would like to thank everyone for their support and all their good wishes". She went on to say "the whole family is relieved the trial is over and these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."
Joss Stone at the 2009 European MTV Awards, Berlin.
Bradshaw's sentence was delayed in order for psychiatric analysis to be carried out, doctors said the 32-year-old had schizophrenia but not to the extent that he needed to be hospitalised. Bradshaw has an incredibly low IQ of just 65, demonstrating the fact he admitted to the judge at Exeter Crown Court that he was fully aware of his involvement.
The judge's decision to give Bradshaw a shorter sentence was due to his position as a "foot soldier" whilst Liverpool was the brains behind the scheme. Martin Meeke, Bradshaw's defence lawyer said that Liverpool had been able to manipulate Bradshaw because of his low IQ, according to the BBC.
This is not the first time celebrities have been in dangerous situations. The most tragic incident of this type occurred in 1969 when Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered along with 4 of her friends. The murder was a result of Charles Manson's disturbing cult plot. It also eerily echoes events occurring at the same time in L.A., the so called 'Bling Ring' robberies.
Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate was murdered at their home in L.A.