One of the men accused of murdering Preston teen Jon-Jo Highton has changed his story.
Joshua Bore, 18, has maintained he was staying with his sister in Darwen on the night Jon-Jo was attacked by a group of men armed with weapons.
But under cross examination, Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, questioned Bore about his alibi, and asked him: “Isn’t it time you started telling the truth?”
Since then Bore has broken down twice and asked for a break as he admits he was present at the scene of Jon-Jo’s attack.
He now says he initially told Owen Whitesmith he was not prepared to take part in an attack but was persuaded - along with his drug dealing partner Craig Walton.
But Bore insists he did not know any weapons would be used and was only willing to ‘batter’ a man believed to have been involved in an attack on a friend of co-accused Owen Whitesmith’s mum, the previous night.
Mr Flewitt QC put to him: “You would have been up for beating this lad up.”
To which Bore replied: “No, not Jon-Jo.”
Mr Flewitt then asked: “What were you going to do?”
Bore said: “Just do him in. Batter him. Not killing him though.”
Jon-Jo died from multiple stab wounds including a deep neck wound thought to have been inflicted by a sword.
Eight men deny murder and a further three deny assisting Bore and Craig Walton after the attack.
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.