Rhys Jones murder: Sean Mercer will WATCH documentary about his crime from behind bars

A jail source has told Daily Star Online that the killer will watch the show – news sure to horrify Rhys‘ parents.

Mercer was locked up for a minimum of 22 years for gunning down the 11-year-old schoolboy in Croxteth, Liverpool, as he walked home from football practice.

The 27-year-old is behind bars at HMP Frankland prison in County Durham, where Britain’s most notorious criminals – including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Soham killer Ian Huntley – are caged.

A new exploring the police investigation into the murder of Rhys in 2007 is being aired on ITV on Thursday night.

In the film, titled The : Police Tapes, presenter Susanna Reid will ask Rhys’ parents, Mel and Steve, how they dealt with the grieving process after losing their son.

Among those tuning in will be Mercer himself, our source has claimed.

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“He’ll be watching the programme,” the insider told Daily Star Online. “The remorse will be with his parents really.

“They’re sitting there every day looking at his photo – you never recover from a loss like that.”

When Little Boy Blue, a four-part ITV drama about the murder, was broadcast on ITV Mercer was left fearing he was a “dead man walking” at the high security prison.

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GUNNED DOWN: Jones was shot as he crossed the Fir Tree pub car park in the Croxteth Park estate

“He’ll be watching the programme”

Jail source

He has already been targeted by violent inmates at the Category A jail, known as “Monster Mansion”, after getting into scraps with “the wrong people”.

Prison officers at Frankland will be briefed before the documentary goes live to prevent him from coming to any harm.

“The prison will be aware and the officers will be briefed about the programme,” the source said.

“They’re [the prisoners] all watching TV at night.

“If something is on like that, everyone will watch it because it’s human nature to be inquisitive and see the background of what’s gone on in his case.”

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    The source added that it’s standard practice for prisoner officers to check on inmates on the date of a significant event or occasion, such as a documentary highlighting their crime.

    They said: “The night staff might even ask him if he’s okay with the documentary.

    “A lot of people have been lost over suicide.”

    Sean Mercer, aged 16, was found guilty of murdering Rhys in 2008 after a protracted police investigation despite his name being reported numerous times.

    TRAGIC: Rhys was gunned down as he walked home from football practice

    Rhys was caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout between the Croxteth Crew and the Strand Gang in the carpark of the Fir Tree Pub.

    Mercer had been aiming at two gang members when the innocent schoolboy was shot.

    The killer was known to be a member of the Croxteth Crew, a criminal gang in the area of the same name in Liverpool where anti-social behaviour was prevalent.

    His murder caused moral outrage and shined the spotlight on youth gangs and gun crime in Liverpool.

    The homes of Mercer and fellow gang member suspects were wiretapped as police appealed for witnesses.

    The new ITV documentary about the investigation will explore the significance of the police recordings and how they secured Mercer’s conviction.