Life of freedom: Sean Mercer on the streets.
Dramatic evidence: This CCTV image allegedly shows the gunman on
Reconstruction of Rhys Jones shooting.
Mercer hid his bike in bushes on the day after the murder of
Rhys. A passer-by found it, hoping to
renovate it. Six months later the man recognised it in a police
appeal and rang the police.
A forensic expert verified that it carried traces of Mercer's DNA.
Rhys was shot dead by Sean Mercer as he walked the car park of
Croxteth's Fir Tree pub in August 2007.
Mercer, then 16, was firing at rival gang members when a bullet
ricocheted off a wall and struck Rhys.
Scene of tragedy: Rhys Jones was playing only a short distance
from his home when
he was shot dead on the Croxteth estate, which consists of nearly
The Smith and Wesson .455 revolver, used to kill schoolboy Rhys
which was found in the loft of a house raided by police.
Sean Mercerís fellow gang members were integral in assisting him
int he aftermath of the shooting,
helping him to evade the police for months. Here are the major
players in Mercer's circle.
Top (L-R): Sean Mercer, James Yates, Melvin Coy. Bottom (L-R): Gary
Kays, Dean Kelly, Nathan Quinn.
Sean Mercer, 18, stabbed Jake Fahri, 19, four times in the back
with a sharpened pair
of tweezers during the attack in a prison exercise yard in November
Sean Mercer's mother Jeanette Mercer and father Joseph McCormack.