Devon

Joss Stone death plot man, Junior Bradshaw, jailed

Kevin Liverpool (l) and Junior Bradshaw (r)
Image caption Kevin Liverpool (left) was jailed for life and Junior Bradshaw for 18 years

A man who was involved in a plot to rob and murder soul singer Joss Stone has been jailed for 18 years.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, of St Stephen's Close, Manchester, denied conspiracy to murder and rob her at her home in Ashill, near Hemyock, Devon, in 2011.

Both he and Kevin Liverpool, 35, were found guilty at Exeter Crown Court three months ago.

Liverpool was jailed in April for life with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months.

The pair were found with a body bag and a variety of weapons including a Samurai sword, two hammers and knives.

'Low intelligence'

Bradshaw was told by the judge at Exeter Crown Court that, although he has an IQ of just 65, he understood what he was involved in.

His sentence had been delayed for psychiatric reports.

Doctors concluded he had schizophrenia and mental impairment but did not need hospital treatment.

He received a shorter sentence than Liverpool after the court heard how he was "a foot soldier" who was recruited into the plot by the other man, who was the instigator and mastermind.

Mr Martin Meeke, QC, defending, said the reports confirmed that Bradshaw was vulnerable by virtue of his low intelligence which made him susceptible to being manipulated and influenced by Liverpool.

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