Rhys murder weapon hidden in loft, court told

A teenager told a jury today how the gun used to kill Rhys Jones was hidden from police in the loft of his home.

The youth, who cannot be identified, was giving evidence in the trial of alleged gang member Sean Mercer, 18.

The jury at Liverpool Crown Court today watched a second day of police interview recordings with the 17-year-old witness, who has been given immunity from prosecution in exchange for his evidence.

He had said yesterday he was given the pistol by Mercer just 20 minutes after football-mad Rhys was shot dead at the Fir Tree Pub in Croxteth, Liverpool, on August 22 last year.

He said he took the gun, which was wrapped up in a red and white carrier, and hid it under blankets in the dog kennel at his Croxteth home.

Today the witness said five days after the killing Boy K came to his house and asked for the gun.

K is also on trial alongside Mercer, accused of assisting an offender.

The witness said: “(K) came to my house when he knew my mum would be out.

“He said, ’I’ve come to move that’.

“I said, ’go on then move it. I don’t want to be involved in any of this’.”

The witness then told police Boy K walked through the house and into the back garden where the kennel was.

He added: “(K) came back in and asked me for a bag. I got him a bag then he went out. When he came back in, he asked to use my phone.

“He called somebody and asked them, ’what do we do now?”’

He said K returned to his house two minutes later and added: “(K) came back in and (the gun) is in his pocket. That’s where his hand was.

“He said he was going to put it in my loft and I said, ’no you’re not, I don’t want anything to do with it. I’m not getting involved in all of this’.

“I was thinking what’s he putting in the loft. It could be anything. Then he started walking towards the stairs.

“He climbed up into the loft. I could hear some rustling. Then he came down and left.”

The jury have previously heard the witness’s home was later raided by police where, the prosecution says, the murder weapon was found hidden in the loft.

Sean Mercer denies murder and six others; James Yates, 20, of Dodman Road, Croxteth, Nathan Quinn, of Wickett Close, Croxteth, and Gary Kays, 25, of Mallard Close, and Melvin Coy, 24, of Abbeyfield Drive, both West Derby, Liverpool, deny assisting an offender alongside Boy M, 16, and Boy K, 17.

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