(LONDON) — A 2011 murder plot involving two British men who conspired to behead English singer Joss Stone with a samurai sword resurfaced Wednesday when both men were convicted of conspiracy to rob and murder the soul singer, British media report.
Both men were convicted with Liverpool receiving a life sentence with a minimum term of 10 years. Bradshaw’s sentencing was adjourned due to his mental state.
The two men, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool, were reportedly driven to commit their crime due to Stone’s connection to the British Royal Family. However, according to Bradshaw, he “had never heard of” Stone before the case and apparently didn’t have any recollection of whose idea it was to drive from Manchester to Stone’s home in Devon.
In June of 2011, Bradshaw and Liverpool were arrested after police were called about a suspicious-looking vehicle in Devon, where Stone has a country home. In the vehicle, police found swords, a section of hosepipe, a hammer, a spike, black bags, and tape.
Notes found in the defendants’ possession showed they intended to decapitate the pop star before dumping her body in a river.
The men were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm
In April of 2012, Bradshaw was moved to a psych ward for evaluation, and a year later — March 26, 2013 — he pleaded not guilty. He claimed to be diagnosed with schizophrenia and believed he and his partner were just “going on a day out” that day in June.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Michael Pearson and Steve Almasy, CNN
Holly Yan, Chuck Johnston and David Williams, CNN