MURDER TRIAL LATEST: Jon-Jo’s last moments

CASE: Jon-Jo Highton

CASE: Jon-Jo Highton

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A judge has reminded jurors of the horrific injuries an 18-year-old dad suffered in a suspected gang attack.

Summing up at the trial of eight men accused of murdering Jon-Jo Highton, Judge Justice Goss reminded the court of the medical evidence and extent of the fatal injuries.

Let’s look at what ensued. Jon-jo Highton died at the scene as a result of shock from a massive wound to his neck, within a very short space of time.

Jon-Jo’s mum and dad were absent from the court at the time of the details.

Judge Goss said: “Let’s look at what ensued. Jon-jo Highton died at the scene as a result of shock from a massive wound to his neck, within a very short space of time. It would have led to his collapse and death within minutes.”

He reminded jurors of a 28cm wound running from his lip to the nape of his neck, which had sliced part of his ear lobe and severed his main artery and reiterated that a medical examiner had remarked he had “never seen the likes of a wound like it in a 15 year career”.

He said it would have required a considerable amount of force.

He added: “The significant thing is the different locations of the wounds as well as the nature of the wounds concerned.”

Arron Graham, 23, of Ripon Street, Plungington, denies murder as does Owen Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close, Fulwood; Stephen Walton, 24, of no fixed address; Craig Walton, 26, of Watling Street Road, Fulwood; Zaahid Patel, 20, of Park Avenue, Preston; Joshua Bore, 19, of Morris Road, Ribbleton; Mohammed Sabbah Dal, 20, of Alice Square, Preston; and Minhaj Musa, 21, of Deepdale Road, Preston.

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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