Nine men jailed for 163 years for murder of Jon-Jo Highton and for assisting offenders

Jonjo Highton and Taylor

Jonjo Highton and Taylor

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Six men found guilty of the murder of Preston teenager Jon-Jo Highton and three men found guilty of assisting an offender linked with the murder were all sentenced at Preston Crown Court today.

At 11.20pm on Saturday August 23 2014, police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed on St Stephen’s Road in Preston.

Zaahid Patel

Zaahid Patel

Police and paramedics attended and 18 year old Jon-Jo Highton was found with serious knife injuries. He died at the scene.

A post mortem showed Jon-Jo had died as a result of a wound to the neck caused by some sort of blade, and had also sustained several other wounds to his face and body.

Owen Whitesmith, 19, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 27 years to serve.

Arron Graham, 23, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 29 years to serve

Stephen Walton

Stephen Walton

Stephen Walton, 24, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 26 years to serve

Craig Walton, 27, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 26 years to serve

Joshua Bore, 20, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 21 years to serve

Zaahid Patel, 20, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years to serve

Stuart Eastham

Stuart Eastham

Liam Tunstall, 26, was found guilty of two offences of assisting an offender and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.

John Wilding, 36, was found guilty of assisting an offender and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.

Stuart Eastham, 33, was found guilty of assisting an offender and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

Owen Whitesmith

Owen Whitesmith

Liam Tunstall

Liam Tunstall

Joshua Bore

Joshua Bore

John Wilding

John Wilding

Arron Graham

Arron Graham

Craig Walton

Craig Walton