Rhys Jones killer 'bragged he was destined to be next Wayne Rooney'
Child killer Sean Mercer who gunned down 11-year-old Rhys Jones ‘bragged he was once destined to be next Wayne Rooney’
- Sean Mercer tries to impress penpal by claiming he played for Liverpool’s youth
- Mercer, 30, claims he was ‘better than Wayne Rooney,’ in letter to woman
- Killer is serving a 22-year jail sentence for gunning down 11-year-old Rhys Jones
Child killer Sean Mercer has bragged he was destined to be the next Wayne Rooney as he writes letters to a penpal while serving a 22-year sentence for gunning down 11-year-old Rhys Jones.
In a letter to an unnamed woman, Mercer brags about his footballing ability, boasting that he used to play for Liverpool FC’s academy.
In 2007 Mercer, who was 16 at the time, shot Everton fan Rhys Jones, 11, as he walked home from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool.
Sean Mercer was 16 when he shot and killed 11-year-old Rhys Jones as he walked home from football practice in Croxteth Liverpool
Everton fan Rhys Jones was gunned down by Mercer, who was trying to shoot at a rival gang member – his killer is serving a 22-year prison sentence
He had been aiming for a rival gang member, but missed, killing Rhys.
Now 30, Mercer has been writing letters to a penpal, claiming that an injury turned him to a life of crime, The Sun has reported.
He told the woman he played for Liverpool FC from age eight to 15.
The killer wrote: ‘I broke my foot, I’m in a cast, two weeks later because I’m a t** I decided to have a blast on my cousin’s motorbike.
‘I came off it about 50mph, shattered both of my knee caps.
‘It sounds even worse when I tell you Wayne Rooney’s family are from my area. We all went to the same school and if I told you people used to tell me I was better at football than him I’d be telling the truth.’
Earlier this year it was revealed that Mercer was appealing his 22-year sentence, having already served half of it.
In a letter to a female penpal, Mercer has claimed he was a better footballer than former England captain Wayne Rooney
He was convicted of murder in December 2008, with the ordeal being later adapted for television in ITV’s Little Boy Blue.
Mercer’s letter also revealed he had recently injured his foot by dropping a dumbell on it while at HMP Frankland’s gym in County Durham.
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