‘Brag’ denial in Jon-Jo murder case

Jonjo Highton with his mum Tracey
Jonjo Highton with his mum Tracey
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A man accused of killing 18-year-old Jon-Jo Highton denied bragging about the attack.

Simon Csoka QC put it to Stephen Walton he had boasted after his first court appearance and later to prisoners, he had “bodied” Jon-Jo and had carried an axe on the night of the attack, Arran Graham had a machete and Owen Whitesmith had a sword.

If rumour got out Owen was awake under the bedsheets nobody would have respect for him on the streets, then he might be robbed. So there has to be a certain amount of fear to deter people, doesn’t there?

Walton, 24, of no fixed abode, denied the accusations. He admitted to being at the scene of the attack in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale, on August 23, 2014, but denies seeing any weapons or assaulting Jonjo. He said his view was blocked by parked cars.

Mr Csoka also asked Walton if the attack - the night after a friend of Whitesmith’s mum was assaulted - was arranged to send a message that drug dealer Whitesmith wasn’t a coward. Whitesmith said he was sleeping during the assault.

Mr Csoka said: “If rumour got out Owen was awake under the bedsheets nobody would have respect for him on the streets, then he might be robbed. So there has to be a certain amount of fear to deter people, doesn’t there?”

Walton said: “We wanted to warn them, that’s all. Don’t go to his mum’s gaff again.”

Owen Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close Fulwood; Arron Graham, 23, Ripon Street, Preston; Stephen Walton, Craig Walton, 26, of Watling Street Road, Fulwood; Joshua Bore, 19, of Morris Road, Ribbleton; Zaahid Patel, 20, of Park Avenue, Preston; Mohammed Sabbah Dal, 20, of Alice Square, Preston; and Minhaj Musa, 21, of Deepdale Road, Preston, deny murder.

Liam Tunstall, 26, of Mark Close, Penwortham; John Wilding, 36, of Everton Street, Darwen and Stuart Eastham, 32, Gisburn Road, Ribbleton deny assisting an offender.

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