Sean Mercer, the killer of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, is reportedly set to be questioned by police after evidence suggested he could be involved in a major operation to smuggle phones in HMP Gartree, where he is serving his sentence. The 32-year-old is serving life after the murder of Rhys in 2007 in Croxteth, Merseyside.
Mercer was 16 and involved in gangs when he fired at innocent Rhys, 15 years ago. Today, it is claimed he is involved in smuggling phones in a plot ring also alleged to involve a serving prison officer after messages were reportedly found on a phone he had in his cell.
A source told The Sun: “Prison officers found a handset as they span his belongings. It was their great work that found it — and that set this whole thing in motion. The phone was interrogated and a number was found tracing back to a serving prison officer.
“Police were called in and things spiralled from there. For the moment enquiries are focusing on one particular officer. But major questions are now being asked.”
The Sun also reported that Mercer was moved to segregation as soon as the police were called and that he now faces a switch back to tough category A conditions in the coming days.