Jury in Jon-Jo murder trial to resume next week

Jonjo Highton with mum Tracey
Jonjo Highton with mum Tracey
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The jury in the Jon-Jo Highton murder trial was sent home for the weekend after a second full day of deliberations.

They have not returned any verdicts and will continue the deliberations on Tuesday morning at Preston Crown Court.

Sending them away for the Bank Holiday weekend, the judge, Mr Justice Holroyd, reminded the jury of the importance of not discussing the case with anyone outside of the jury room.

He said: “Of course, you will think about this case but try to enjoy the weekend as much as you can. Refresh yourselves before next week.

“Remember the prominent importance of not discussing or communicating with anyone about this case in any way. You can continue your discussions on Tuesday.”

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.