Two more charged in connection with Rhys Jones murder

Two people have been charged in connection with the murder of English schoolboy Rhys Jones, Merseyside Police said today.

James Hughes (aged 22) of Willow Way, Croxteth, Liverpool, and a 48-year-old woman, who police have not named, have been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Merseyside Police also said today that Francis Yates (aged 48) and Marie Yates (aged 50) both of Dodman Road, Croxteth, have been summoned for the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

All four will appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on June 17.

Rhys, 11, was shot dead in August last year as he walked home from football practice.

He died in his mother Melanie's arms in the car park of the Fir Tree pub in Croxteth.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with murder in April and has already been committed to Liverpool Crown Court for trial along with six others.

James Yates (aged 20) of Dodman Road, Croxteth, Gary Kays (aged 25) of Mallard Close, and Melvin Coy (aged 24) of Abbeyfield Drive, both West Derby, Liverpool, as well as a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, who cannot be identified, are all charged with assisting an offender.

A second 16-year-old is charged with assisting an offender and possessing a firearm and ammunition.

All seven were remanded in custody yesterday to appear for a plea and case management hearing on July 24.

A statement from Merseyside Police today said: “A further four people have been charged/summonsed in connection with the Rhys Jones murder investigation.

“Francis Yates (aged 48) and Marie Yates (aged 50) both of Dodman Road, Liverpool, have been summonsed for the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

“James Hughes (aged 22) of Willow Way, Croxteth, has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

“A 48-year-old woman, from the Croxteth area, has also been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

“All will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on June 17.”

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