Sean Mercer's mum on trial for protecting son
Feb 16 2009
By Thomas Martin, Liverpool Echo
THE mother of Rhys Jones’ teenage killer wept today as she admitted trying to help her son escape justice.
Janette Mercer, 49, a former £50-a-time prostitute in a city centre vice den, gave a false statement to police about a bike owned by her son Sean.
Dressed in a black trouser suit the mum-of-three, of Good Shepherd Close, Croxteth, was warned she faces a lengthy prison sentence.
Sat in the glass fronted dock at Liverpool Crown Court she was flanked by security guards and spoke in a barely audible voice as she dabbed tears from her eyes.
Having previously denied attempting to pervert the course of justice, and with the court expecting the start of a four-day trial, Mercer changed her plea to guilty at the last minute.