UPDATE: Jon-Jo murder trial to get underway as jury is chosen

Jonjo Highton and mum Tracey
Jonjo Highton and mum Tracey
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A jury of five women and seven men has now been selected in the trial of eight men accused of murdering Preston teenager Jon-Jo Highton.

Jon-Jo, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to reports of a stabbing in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale, shortly after 9.30pm on August 23 last year.

Eight men are charged with murdering Jon-Jo and three men are charged with assisting an offender.

Jon-Jo’s parents and brother sat in the public gallery at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon, as the defendants spoke only to confirm their names.

Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, will open the case outlining the allegations against the defendants on Wednesday.

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.

(Proceeding)