Eight people in court over Preston teen’s murder

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Busy scenes surround Preston Crown Court today as the murder trial of Preston teen Jon-Jo Highton gets under way.

Dad-of-one Jon-Jo, 18, died of a neck injury after police were called to reports of a stabbing in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale on August 23 last year.

A post-mortem revealed Jon-Jo suffered a number of injuries including the fatal wound - believed to have been caused by a knife.

Several members of Jon-Jo’s family have attended court to watch the trial and are seated in the public gallery.

Eight men are accused of the teenager’s murder and a further three with assisting an offender.

The 11 defendants have been led to the dock one by one, each accompanied by a security guard.

The have now answered to their names to identify themselves to the court.

A jury is expected to be sworn later today to preside over the trial, which is expected to last 12 weeks.

Owen Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close Fulwood; Arron Graham, 23, Ripon Street, Preston; Stephen Walton, 24, of no fixed address; 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 all 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.