Melanie Jones: when a mother loses a child

THE mother of murdered Rhys Jones says she will never forgive her son’s killer. The family is now planning to leave Croxteth Park, where they have lived for 18 years, saying they could never rebuild their lives in the area.

Speaking out for the first time since Sean Mercer, 18, was sentenced last Tuesday to a minimum of 22 years in prison for the killing, Melanie Jones said she hopes he is never released.

She said she was filled with hatred as she looked at Mercer when the guilty verdicts were read out at Liverpool Crown Court.

“I now realise that I hate him. I will never forgive him for destroying our family. I will hate him for the rest of my life,” she said.

She added she feels “nothing but contempt” for those who protected him. Mrs Jones said: “The families of those who committed this crime are outside our realm of understanding.

“Parents must take responsibility for their children and what they do.”

In an interview with a Sunday newspaper yesterday, she describes Mercer as having “a total lack of regard for human life”.

Mrs Jones revealed the family had received thousands of messages of support, including a hand-written letter from Kate and Gerry McCann.

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