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Sean Mercer

Kill Total:


Kill place:

Croxteth, Liverpool

Kill date:

22nd August 2007


Rhys Jones

Date of Birth:


Marital Status:





22nd August 2007, Mercer, a gang member, got information that a rival gang was on "his turf", he rode on his bicycle to the Fir Tree pub where he was to intercept the rival gang. He fired several shots, the second shot taking down 11 year old Rhys Jones, who was taking a short cut home after football practice.


25th August 2007, Mercer is one of a list of suspects who is arrested and later released without charge.


26th September 2007, Police release CCTV footage of the suspected killer on a mountain bike.

30th September 2007, Police recover a Smith and Wesson .455 revolver from the loft of Boy X's house in Croxteth.

April 2008, Boy X is given immunity from prosecution and gives a full statement to police.

15th April 2008, Merseyside Police arrests 11 people in dawn raids in connection with the inquiry.

16th April 2008: Six others are arrested by murder detectives.
Sean Mercer is charged with murdering Rhys Jones.
Gary Kayes, 25, and Melvyn Coy, 24, James Yates, 20, all of Croxteth, and three youths, aged 15, 16 and 17, are charged with assisting an offender.

2nd October 2008, Rhys Jones murder trial begins at Liverpool Crown Court.


15th December 2008, Mercer found guilty of murder at Liverpool Crown Court. Sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serve a minimum 22 years.
The judge, Mr. Justice Irwin branded Mercer a "coward" and described the gang members as "selfish and shallow criminals"


Fellow gang members James Yates, and Nathan Quinn 18,  Gary Kays 26, Melvin Coy, 25,  and Boy M, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted unanimously of assisting an offender after they helped Mercer evade the police for months, and for assisting in getting a gun.

Gary Kays and Melvin Coy were each sentenced to seven years.

29th January 2009, Yates was sentenced to 7 years, Quinn 2 years , and Kelly received 4 years. Boy M was given a supervision order.


Tuesday 1st April 2009,  The mother of Rhys Jones's killer, Sean Mercer, has been jailed for three years for lying to detectives investigating the schoolboy's murder in Liverpool. Mrs Mercer had earlier admitted perverting the course of justice.
The judge told Janette Mercer, 49, she knew her son had told "a pack of lies". She backed her son, Sean, 18, when he denied owning a silver bike caught on CCTV being used by the gunman.


Francis and Marie Yates, the parents of Sean Mercer's co-accused James Yates, were also sentenced.

Marie Yates, 51, hindered the murder investigation by destroying a mobile phone Sim card belonging to her son which denied police vital evidence.
Francis Yates, 49, was with his wife when the Sim was set on fire and also suggested a false alibi to help Mercer cover his tracks.

The couple, from Dodman Road, Croxteth, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and were sentenced to 18 months for destroying the Sim card.


Liverpool Crown Court.

Judge, Mr. Justice Irwin


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