British pair 'plotted to murder' singer Joss Stone

Two men went on trial in Britain on Monday accused of plotting to rob and murder soul diva Joss Stone.

Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw drove to the 25-year-old singer's home in Devon, southwest England in June 2011, with a sword, a knife, a hammer and notes of their intentions in their car, Exeter Crown Court heard.

The Grammy-winning singer was at home at the time.

Bradshaw, 32, and 35-year-old Liverpool deny charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to rob.

"This case is about a decision by a group of individuals, of which these defendants are two, to rob and kill Joss Stone," prosecutor Simon Morgan told the jury.

He described Stone, best known for hits including "Super Duper Love" and "Fell In Love With A Boy", as "an extremely wealthy young woman".

Bradshaw and Liverpool were arrested in the Devon town of Cullompton after they were seen driving a few miles from Stone's home.

The trial is due to last for around three weeks. Stone is not expected to attend.

She has sold more than 11 million albums worldwide, with her 2003 debut "The Soul Sessions" and its follow-up "Mind Body and Soul" (2004) going platinum in Britain, the United States and the European Union.