Lancashire

Jonjo Highton murder: Mother jailed for son's false alibi

JonJo Highton Image copyright Lancashire Constabulary
Image caption Jonjo Highton died after receiving a wound to the neck

A mother has been jailed for giving her son a false alibi on the night of an attack which left a teenager dead.

Owen Whitesmith was one of six men jailed for life over the stabbing of Jonjo Highton, 18, in Preston, in 2014.

His mother Allison Threlfall, formerly of Glebe Close, Fulwood, had admitted perverting the course of justice at Liverpool Crown Court.

She was sentenced to two years in prison and three months for an unrelated theft, to run consecutively.

Whitesmith, now 20, was ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years for his role in the "mass attack" on Mr Highton on St Stephen's Road.

Co-defendants Arron Graham, Craig Walton, Stephen Walton, Joshua Bore and Zaahid Patel were ordered to serve minimum jail terms of 20 to 29 years.

Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Clockwise from left: Arron Graham, Owen Whitesmith, Craig Walton, Zaahid Patel, Joshua Bore and Stephen Walton

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