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Joss Stone Trial: Star Had No Home Security
Singer Joss Stone has described how her front door was rarely locked at a time when two men were allegedly plotting to rob and kill her.
She was speaking at the trial of Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool who deny they planned to murder the star and dump her in a river in June 2011.
The 25-year-old told Exeter Crown Court she became aware of the plot only when she was visited by the police at her mid-Devon home.
She said: "Apart from someone (police) coming around to say someone is trying to kill me, it was a really nice day."
Speaking about the lack of security at her home, she said: "I've lived in Devon for a long time and nobody really shuts their door."
On Monday the jury was told a metre-long samurai sword, knives, hammers, black bags and gaffer tape were discovered in the defendants' Fiat Punto when they were arrested.
A crossbow and BB gun were found at their home in the Longsight area of Manchester.
Handwritten notes that were also discovered talked of Stone's presence at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and referred to the singer and the Queen as "she devils".
Describing the security arrangements at her home at the time of the alleged plot, Stone - who was referred to in court by her real name, Jocelyn Stoker - said: "I had an alarm but I did not really turn it on very much.
"I didn't really have a lock on my door ... But I do now."
She also agreed that the property in Ashill, accessed by narrow lanes, was an "open house" for family, friends and her then-boyfriend.
Wearing a white blouse and a black skirt, the singer said: "At the time I had a gate. To get in, they (visitors) would just open the gate, drive in with their car, get up to another (wooden) gate, shut the gate hopefully so the dogs don't get out, then say hello."
Stone's tour diary, charting dates when she was in and out of the country including at the time of the alleged plot, was shown in court.
The record showed the singer was "home" from June 9-20.
The trial continues.