JURORS in the trial of several men accused of various roles in the murder of Jon-Jo Highton have heard how the defendants are connected by phone evidence and ANPR footage.
Eight men are accused of murder and three of assisting an offender, relating to the 18-year-old’s death from a blade injury to the neck on Stephen’s Road in Deepdale, Preston, on August 23.
Giving evidence at Preston Crown Court, Det Sgt Wendy Ryan described how number plate recognition cameras had caught a Citroen Saxo, registered in the name of defendant Joshua Bore, 19, of Morris Road, Ribbleton, travelling out of Preston on the day of the murder, and returning later in the afternoon, with pictures appearing to show two people in the car.
Over the same period, cell siting technology of mobile phones believed to be used by Bore and Walton, shows the phones were in Farington, Leyland, and later back in Ribbleton, Preston.
Prosecuting, Neil Flewitt asked her questions about various calls and text messages made between different defendants alleged to be linked to Jon-Jo’s murder.
The court was shown different slides on television screens depicting how police believe various phones and defendants were linked, and some of the communication between them on the day of Jon-Jo’s death.
Try get a ting bro I’ll use it
Three defendants were excused from the dock - two due to illness - as the evidence was heard.
DS Ryan went on to say evidence shows Arron Graham, 23, of Ripon Street, texting a woman asking if he could “borrow black trainers”.
The court also heard there were three calls made to Bore’s phone from William Bore, 46, of Morris Road, Ribbleton.
He is Joshua Bore and Liam Tunstall’s father, and is accused of perverting the course of justice.
Earlier in the hearing, firearms and gangs expert Martin Bird, who works for the National Crime Agency, gave evidence via a written statement, in which he referred to a text message allegedly sent by Graham to co-defendant Owen Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close, Fulwood.
He said the message: “Try get a ting bro I’ll use it”, could be slang used by gangsters to mean gun and is derived from Jamaican patois - but could also be a shortened term of “thing”.
The defendants all deny the charges and the case continues.