Driver 'had to brake to avoid Rhys gunman'

A motorist told the Rhys Jones murder trial today that the gunman narrowly avoided being hit as he cycled from the scene of the crime.

In a statement read to the court, Donna Heague said she had to slow down and even brake as the hoodie-wearing killer cycled into the road.

She said: “I was worried he wouldn’t stop in time and go straight into the road.

“I remember seeing an older red car and the youth looking right at it.

“He came straight into the road and at the very last minute went behind my car.

“I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the youth go behind my car and another car and go towards Dam Wood.”

Mrs Heague said she remembered the cyclist going very fast and “had both hands on the handle bars and his head down as he pedalled.

“I decelerated and even braked because I was unsure he had seen me.”

The prosecution allege that the cyclist was Sean Mercer, 18, who denies the 11-year-old’s murder.

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