Man in court over Joss Stone 'kidnap plot'
A man has appeared in court to deny charges linked to an alleged plot to kidnap and kill soul star Joss Stone.
Kevin Liverpool, 34, appeared at Exeter Crown Court today to plead not guilty to conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit GBH and conspiracy to commit robbery.
He is accused of carrying out the crimes targeting Miss Stone, 24, whose hits include Fell In Love With A Boy, between January and June this year with Junior Bradshaw, 31.
Mr Bradshaw also appeared in court today but was not asked to enter any pleas to any charges pending the result of psychiatric tests.
The two men, of St Stephen's Close, Manchester, were arrested on June 13 this year, close to the Devon home of Miss Stone, a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who has an estimated £9 million fortune.
The singer's mother, Wendy Joseph, was in the public gallery during the short hearing.
Both men were remanded in custody ahead of a trial scheduled for August 6 next year.
Miss Stone first came to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her bestselling debut album "The Soul Sessions".
The Devon-raised singer is a household name in the US, where she spends up to nine months each year, and Barack Obama, the American President, is said to be one of her many legion of fans.
Her soulful vocals have seen her described as ''the white Aretha Franklin''