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Jonjo Highton murder: Nine men jailed for Deepdale stabbing

Posted on - 6th June, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Deepdale, News
From top left to right clockwise: Zaahid Patel, Owen Whitesmith, Craig Walton, Stephen Walton, Joshua Bore and Arron Graham

From top left to right clockwise: Zaahid Patel, Owen Whitesmith, Craig Walton, Stephen Walton, Joshua Bore and Arron Graham

These are the faces of six men who have received life sentences for their role in stabbing to death a Deepdale teenager.

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Jonjo Highton was found with serious knife injuries on Saturday 23 August last year in an incident which shocked Preston.

A post mortem examination showed Jonjo had died as a result of a wound to the neck caused by a blade. He also had several other wounds to his face and body.

Jonjo Highton was found with stab wounds on the street in Deepdale

Jonjo Highton was found with stab wounds on the street in Deepdale

He was found at 11.20pm in St Stephen’s Road.

Those found guilty of his murder are:

Owen Whitesmith, 19, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 27 years to serve.
Arron Graham, 23, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 29 years to serve

Stephen Walton, 24, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 26 years to serve

Craig Walton, 27, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 26 years to serve

Joshua Bore, 20, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 21 years to serve

Zaahid Patel, 20, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years to serve

Three further men were found guilty of assisting an offender, they are:

From left to right: Stuart Eastham, Liam Tunstall and  John Wilding

From left to right: Stuart Eastham, Liam Tunstall and John Wilding

Liam Tunstall, 26, was found guilty of two offences of assisting an offender and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.

John Wilding, 36, was found guilty of assisting an offender and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.

Stuart Eastham, 33, was found guilty of assisting an offender and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

Due to further legal proceedings, reporting restrictions are in place.

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