Six men to be sentenced over Jon-Jo Highton murder

Jonjo Highton, who was killed in St Stephen's Road, Deepdale, and mum Tracey
Jonjo Highton, who was killed in St Stephen's Road, Deepdale, and mum Tracey
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A sixth man has been convicted of murdering Preston teenager Jon-Jo Highton.

A jury at Preston Crown Court found drug dealer Zaahid Patel, 20, of Park Avenue, Preston, guilty of murder on Wednesday afternoon.

But the 12 were unable to reach a verdict over two remaining defendants - Mohammed Sabbah Dal and Minhaj Musa.

Jon-Jo died from a deep neck wound after being attacked on the street in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale, in August last year.

His killers travelled in two cars to the scene - a Vauxhall Vectra and a Vauxhall Meriva. Jon-Jo was attacked with weapons including a samurai sword, an axe and knives.

His wounds were so severe he died at the scene.

Eight men were charged with his murder and a further three with assisting an offender in connection with providing a false alibi.

All denied murdering Jon-Jo as the dad-of-one walked away from his local pub on August 23 but after a 12-week trial the jury reached verdicts on 10 of the 12 men.

Owen Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close, Fulwood; Arran Graham, 23, of Ripon Street, Plungington, Steven Walton, of no fixed address; Craig Walton, 24, of Watling Street Road, Ribbleton, and Joshua Bore, 18, of Morris Road, Ribbleton, will be sentenced, along with Patel, for their roles in Jon-Jo’s murder at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.

Bore’s brother Liam Tunstall, 26, of Mark Close, Penwortham; John Wilding, 36, of Everton Street, Darwen, and Stuart Eastham, 32, of Gisburn Road, Ribbleton, will be sentenced for assisting an offender.

The men will be brought to court from prison, where they have been on remand since their arrests, to be sentenced

Dal, 20, of Alice Square, Preston, and Musa, 21, of Deepdale Road, Preston, will face future legal proceedings.