Defendants had fishing knives and machete in home the day Jon-Jo died

Jon-Jo Highton
Jon-Jo Highton
  • Two accused would sell drugs from a car
  • Knives and machete seen at home
  • Defendant says weapons were for fishing

A MAN saw two fishing knives and a machete when he went to buy drugs from murder accused Craig Walton and Joshua Bore earlier on the night Preston teenager Jon-Jo Highton was killed, the court has heard.

Giving evidence from behind screens, the man - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - said he would regularly buy heroin from Bore and Walton, who he knew as “Potter”.

Bore - a keen fisherman - said he had the knives and machete for fishing but had previously told him they were for defence - “people coming to get him”.

Often one of the men would sell drugs from a black Citroen Saxo, registered to Bore but also used by Walton.

However on occasions the man would visit the flat as he had a close friend living nearby that he would use drugs with.

On the morning of Saturday August 23 he told the court he contacted a mobile phone used by the pair who were both living at a flat in Watling Street Road.

Potter (Walton) had brought the drugs to the man’s home but later in the day he called round at the flat and saw the knives and machete on the table.

Bore - a keen fisherman - said he had the knives and machete for fishing but had previously told him they were for defence - “people coming to get him”.

The court was shown a McDonald’s receipt dated August 23 and the man agreed he had gone to get food with the men at around 6.45pm.

He left the flat at around 8.30pm as he was uncomfortable with drugs being prepared for sale.

But when he tried to contact the drug dealers the following morning on the usual mobile number it was cutting through to voicemail and he had to buy his drugs from another dealer.

Later that day the man says he learned of the death of 18-year-old Jon-Jo Highton on Facebook.

Jon-Jo died from a sustained attack by a number of men using weapons including knives, an axe and a sword, yards from his own front door, the prosecution alleges.

Under cross examination the man admitted his recollection of dates and times could be hazy due to his drug use but his fingerprint was found on a receipt from McDonalds, dated the same day and found in the Citroen Saxo.

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.