JON-JO MURDER TRIAL: Car link ‘a bad coincidence’

DEATH: Victim Jon-Jo Highton
DEATH: Victim Jon-Jo Highton
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A man who admits his car was in the same area as another car believed to be linked to a murder said: “It’s a bad coincidence”.

Zaahid Patel, 20, of Park Avenue, Preston, was cross examined at Preston Crown Court during the trial of eight men accused of murdering Jon-Jo Highton, 18, who suffered multiple slash injuries.

Patel was quizzed about a phone call between himself and co-defendant Owen Whitesmith on the evening of the attack.

He claimed he did not know the Vauxhall Vectra Whitesmith was in had arrived in Deepdale, moments before his own car. He also denied knowing there was a pub – The Charnock – where Jon-Jo drank. He denied suggestions by the prosecution he was involved in a plan to attack the victim and when asked why he telephoned Whitesmith he replied: “ I wanted to see what he was doing in the area – he was not normally in that area.

Arron Graham, 23, of Ripon Street, Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close; Stephen Walton, 24, Craig Walton, 26, of Watling Street Road; Joshua Bore, 19, of Morris Road; Mohammed Sabbah Dal, 20, of Alice Square; and Minhaj Musa, 21, of Deepdale Road, all Preston, 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.

The case continues.

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