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Joss Stone

Suspect Pleads 'Not Guilty'

in Samurai Sword Murder Plot

10/24/2011 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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One of the men arrested in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap and murder soul singer Joss Stone pled "not guilty" this morning.

As TMZ previously reported, Kevin Liverpool and his alleged accomplice Junior Bradshaw were arrested back in June near Stone's property outside London. After searching their car, police claim to have found a samurai sword, rope, and a body bag ... as well as maps and aerial photos of Stone's house.

The men were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Bradshaw has yet to enter a plea. Both men were ordered to be kept under lock and key until their trial next year.

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1.

kingborg    

they always plead not guilty

991 days ago
2.

panchang810    

Wow, this planet really is teeming with insane and I mean INSANE devilish individual.

991 days ago
3.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

991 days ago
4.

anony    

I can't blame him. Every time I hear her "sing" I have the same urge.
She sounds like someone doing an impression of a Janis Joplin impersonator.

991 days ago
5.

Tammy    

Is possessing these items, in and of themself, illegal?

991 days ago
6.

ghfghfg    

no reasoning.

991 days ago
7.

Fat Mike    

Yes those items are illegal.

UK Law - Possession of an Offensive Weapon

Section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 prohibits the possession in any public place of an offensive weapon without lawful authority or excuse. (Archbold 24-106a.)

The term 'offensive weapon' is defined as: "any article made or adapted for use to causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use".

The courts have been reluctant to find many weapons as falling within the first limb of the definition and reliance should usually be placed upon the second. On that basis, it must be shown that the defendant intended to use the article for causing injury (Archbold 24-115).

Lord Lane, CJ. in R v Simpson (C) (78 Cr. App. R. 115), identified three categories of offensive weapons:

those made for causing injury to the person i.e. offensive per se. For examples of weapons that are offensive per se, see Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988, (Stones 8-22745) and case law decisions. (Archbold 24-116). The Criminal Justice Act (1988) (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2008 came into force on 6th April 2008 with the effect that a sword with a curved blade of 50cm or more (samurai sword), has been added to the schedule to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988;
those adapted for such a purpose;
those not so made or adapted, but carried with the intention of causing injury to the person.
In the first two categories, the prosecution does not have to prove that the defendant had the weapon with him for the purpose of inflicting injury: if the jury are sure that the weapon is offensive per se, the defendant will only be acquitted if he establishes lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

I don't think they'll be able to establish a reasonable excuse when they were also found with aerial maps a full-on rape/murder kit in the car.

991 days ago
8.

John    

WTFWTF!! Who want kill this beautiful and talented girl? She have an amazing soulful voice and is a very agreeable person, you know, "peace and love" all the time. WHY? This world sometimes seems be very mad.!! Who want kill this beutyful and talented

991 days ago
9.

CLINT    

These two sick bastards are lowlife idiots who are just bottom feeders in this evolution of a world with no morals. There are a lot worse than them, but they just add to the problem. I say it's time to mop up these nut cases and clean house. Search and destroy. Eff up once and your out of the game.

991 days ago
10.

Blue    

I blame the internet. With all the facebook updates, tweets etc. these loonies become intwined in the celebrities lives. Some take is so personally that they believe they have been slighted and must seek revenge. It will most likely come out that they wanted to kill her from some imagined act or something they think she did to them.

991 days ago
11.

YouDontSay    

WOW. Pick someone else Joss rocks!

990 days ago

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