‘I wouldn’t be that stupid’ says accused in Jon-Jo murder trial

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THE Jon-Jo Highton murder trial has been hearing how a man accused of helping accused Joshua Bore flee Preston told officers he did not know about the murder until Bore had left the city.

Stuart Eastham denies assisting an offender but the prosecution alleges he drove Bore from Craig Walton’s flat in Brookfield to his sister’s house in Darwen the morning after Jon-Jo was killed.

In a police interview, Eastham said: “I can’t understand why I’ve been dragged into this. It’s nowt to do with me. I’m not that stupid to do anything like this.”

Eastham told officers he had received a call from Bore on Saturday August 24 asking him to collect some fishing tackle from Walton’s flat and bring it to where he was staying in Darwen.

He insisted he travelled alone and returned after dropping the equipment off – only hearing about the murder when he returned to Preston.

But when officers said they had seen his vehicle on CCTV, clearly carrying a passsenger, Eastham said he did not know who it was.

Jon-Jo, 18, was killed in a savage street attack after being set upon by a group of at least eight armed men.

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.