MURDER TRIAL: ‘I tried to help Jon-Jo’

Tribute to murdererd Deepdale dad-of-one Jon-Jo Highton
Tribute to murdererd Deepdale dad-of-one Jon-Jo Highton
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A man has been speaking of how he tried to help murdered teen Jon-Jo Highton as he lay fatally wounded on the pavement in the minutes after he was attacked.

The man – who cannot be identified – said he sped to the scene when he heard a woman screaming Jon-Jo had been attacked. As he arrived he saw a number of hooded men jumping into two cars which were parked about six feet away.

However he said one man, whose face was covered with a ski mask, seemed more casual than the others as he walked back to the car – catching the man’s eye along with the man’s girlfriend who was beside him in the passenger seat.

As the men drove away from the scene the man said he could see his sister, who was hysterical and screaming.

“She was saying ‘they’ve killed him, they’ve killed him. They were trying to take him,’” he told the jury at Preston Crown Court.

“She pointed to where it happened and where he was.”

The man described the bad lighting and said he got his phone out to see more clearly.

He said: “He (Jon-Jo) lifted his arm up and I asked him where he was hurt and he was trying to speak but he couldn’t really speak.

“I went to my car to try and get something to cover the wound. I got a coat and I asked my sister to put pressure on the coat while I rang the ambulance.”

A short while later another woman – a paramedic who lived locally – also came to help Jon-Jo while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

The man described the effect the incident had on his sister, saying: “She’s not the same girl she used to be. It has ruined her life.”

When the police and paramedics arrived and took over the man was advised to take his sister away from the scene.

He tried to take her to a friend’s house nearby but the young woman would not go inside and the man and his sister sat on a doorstep close by.

Jon-Jo, 18, suffered fatal injuries and it quickly became clear to paramedics he could not recover from his injuries.

He died at the scene.

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.