Jon-Jo accused ‘threw’ mobile phones after attack

Jonjo Highton and Taylor
Jonjo Highton and Taylor
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A court has been hearing how some of the defendants accused of murdering Preston dad Jon-Jo Highton got rid of their mobile phones in the aftermath of the attack.

In the third week of the trial at Preston Crown Court the jury has been hearing about the movement of vehicles and mobile phones on Sunday August 24.

Jon-Jo, 18, was set upon by a group of at least eight men, armed with knives, axes, a sword and a golf club, suffering multiple injuries including a deep, fatal wound to his neck. He died at the scene in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale.

The next day, Arran Graham is thought to have removed the SIM card from his phone. Zaahid Patel messaged all his contacts with a new number - asking them to delete his old one.

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.