Viewers Blast Parents Of Rhys Jones' Killer After Latest Episode Of 'Little Boy Blue'
Tonight, the latest episode of ITV's Little Boy Blue, aired and it prompted outrage from social media users towards the parents of Rhys' killer.
Over the last three weeks, over five million of us have been gripped by the ten-year-old story of Rhys Jones, 11, who was shot in Liverpool.
The young boy was crossing a pub car park when he was hit in the back by a bullet fired by one gang member at another.
Eventually, 18-year-old Sean Mercer was sentenced to life imprisonment, while other gang members of the Croxteth Crew also received punishment for their part in a cover-up.
The show follows Rhys' parents throughout their tribulations of coming to terms with the death of their son, the hard work of Merseyside Police in their investigation, and how the gang manipulated others to remain in the clear.
I'm looking forward to Little Boy Blue. The kleenex aren't cutting it, I'm getting the kitchen roll out tonight! :sob::thumbsup:@ITV #littleboyblue
- Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) May 8, 2017
The parents of the Croxteth Crew members were also involved in the cover-up and the nation was appalled by the part that they played.
Sean Mercer was sentenced to 22 years, while his mum Janette was sentenced to three years in prison for hiding her son's involvement.
She lied for over a year about the bike her son used to getaway after he shot Rhys.
Judge Globe QC, in 2009, told Janette: "You backed up your son and told more lies."
These parents are scumbags. My mum and dad would disown me if I was part of what's gone on. #LittleBoyBlue
- Stephen McKee (@MrStephenMc) 8 May 2017
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The lengths them parents went to, to 'protect' their kids for murdering a little innocent lad is disgusting! #littleboyblue
- Emma Dickenson (@DickensonEmma) 8 May 2017
#LittleBoyBlue The people that helped cover up the Rhys Jones murder are as bad as the boy that shot him people have no heart :angry:
- tishaa;mariieey (@MisTintehotbabe) 8 May 2017
Janette Mercer Credit: PA
James Yates and Dean Kelly, both friends of Sean Mercer, were jailed for supplying and hiding the firearm.
Yates' mum, Marie, and her husband, Frank, were jailed for 18 months for perverting the course of justice and burning evidence, while Marie got a further three years for giving Mercer a false alibi.
Rhys' parents, Mel and Steve Jones, previously said that they were supportive of the programme and told The Sun: "We wanted to get involved in this drama because we thought it was important for people to understand what really happened."
Rhys, a huge Everton fan, was honoured at the time by the club. 10 years on and it still hits home, how one innocent boy's life was tragically taken away by the stupidity of others.
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