Rhys Jones Police Tapes – How Did Cops Bug The Homes Of James Yates And Boy M And What Evidence Did They Find?

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RHYS Jones was shot in the back as he walked home from football practice in Liverpool on August 22, 2007.

Sean Mercer, 16, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 22 years behind bars with gang members James Yates, Nathan Quinn, Boy M, Gary Kays, and Melvin Coy convicted of assisting an offender.

PA:Press Association James Yates was just 11 when he was shot in the back by Sean Mercer in Liverpool

How did cops bug the homes of James Yates and Boy M?

James Yates was jailed in 2009 for supplying the gun to killer Sean Mercer that killed Rhys.

Cops bugged the homes of James Yates and ‘Boy M’ in Croxteth in the hope of securing a conviction.

Merseyside Police planted hidden bugs inside the home of Francis ‘Frank’ and Marie Yates to listen in on how they tried to protect their son James, who supplied the pistol used to kill Rhys.

Francis and Marie Yates admitted perverting the course of justice and were jailed for 18 months in 2009.

Rhys’s parents Stephen and Melanie said at the time they felt the Yates had  “always been as guilty as their sons”.

Merseyside Police James Yates supplied the gun for Sean Mercer

What evidence did they find?

The recordings were originally the subject of a court order meaning they could not be heard by the general public but revelations were later revealed by the Liverpool Echo.

James asked his dad to help him get out of trouble and he replied he would do what he could.

The parents burned a SIM card in a bid to destroy evidence.

Handout Sean Mercer was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years for killing Rhys Jones




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