Jon-Jo Highton murder trial defence case starts

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The Jon-Jo Highton murder trial resumes today with the defence case starting this morning.

It is not yet known if the accused will take the stand to defend themselves against the allegations they were involved in the brutal murder of the Preston teen on August 23 last year.

Jon-Jo died after being set upon by a group of eight or more armed men as he left his local pub in Deepdale.

The broken blade of a samurai sword - believed to be the murder weapon - was found at the scene.

There is no legal requirement for defendants to give evidence. However they may choose to defend themselves if they wish.

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.