MURDER TRAIL LATEST: ‘I didn’t know Jon-Jo would be killed that night’

Tribute to Deepdale dad-of-one Jon-Jo Highton
Tribute to Deepdale dad-of-one Jon-Jo Highton
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One of the men accused of killing Preston teen Jon-Jo Highton has admitted he was partially responsible for the attack.

Drug dealer Zaahid Patel accepted he pointed Jon-Jo out to his attackers and agreed he would not have been attacked had it not been for him.

But giving evidence at Preston Crown Court, Patel – who travelled to the scene in a Vauxhall Meriva, along with co-defendants Minhaj Musa and Mohammed Sabbah Dal – insisted he did not know Jon-Jo would be stabbed and killed in St Stephen’s Road.

Simon Csoka QC asked Patel: “Do you accept Jon-Jo Highton most probably wouldn’t have been attacked that night if you hadn’t said he was there?” to which Patel replied: “Yes.”

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. Three others deny assisting an offender.


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