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US police foil plot to kill, castrate Justin Bieber

Published on Dec 14, 2012 5:52 AM
Canadian singer Justin Bieber poses for photographers before a press conference in this June 11, 2012 photo on his concert at the Zocalo square, in Mexico City. -- PHOTO : AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) police have foiled a plot to kill teen pop idol Justin Bieber and possibly castrate him with pruning shears, with the alleged killer promised US$2,500 (S$3,053) per testicle, legal documents revealed on Thursday.

Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew, Tanner Ruane, were arrested in Vermont and New York last month and face charges in New Mexico of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The pair were allegedly plotting to strangle two victims and castrate them with pruning shears, but a convicted killer who is serving life in prison told police that the "ultimate" target was Bieber, who was performing in New York.

"Through follow-up investigation it was discovered that Justin Bieber may have also been a target of the murder plot," said a statement by New Mexico's Department of Public Safety.

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