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Rhys cover-up convict heading home

A man convicted over the killing of Rhys Jones will be allowed back to the suburb where the schoolboy was murdered, it has been reported.

In 2008 Nathan Quinn, 20, was jailed for two years for helping cover up the 2007 murder.

He was already serving five years after he was caught trying to buy guns.

When the Croxteth Crew gang member was jailed Rhys's parents Stephen and Melanie were told he would not be allowed back to Croxteth - where Rhys lived and was shot dead - when he was eventually released. But according to reports Quinn will be freed this week and his licence conditions relaxed to let him visit a sick relative who lives close to Mr and Mrs Jones.

Mrs Jones told the Liverpool Echo: "He gives them some sob story about a relative being sick and someone in an office says it's OK for him to go back into Croxteth. When I'm not well my son can't come and comfort me and make me feel better.

"They tried telling us about his Human Rights. But he lost the right to visit his family the night Rhys was murdered.

"They won't be monitoring him all the time. We know what he's like. He and the others showed us absolutely no respect during the trial - sitting there laughing and joking in the dock. So what's to say he will respect this? He will be out and doing what he wants. We've seen the respect he has for the law. It is the scumbags who win again."

The Ministry of Justice said they would not comment on individual cases. But a spokesman said: "As part of the Victim Contact Scheme, victims can request an exclusion zone to reduce the risk of them unexpectedly coming into contact with the offender. In exceptional circumstances the agreed exclusion zone can be altered and agencies will work together to manage the risks involved."

During the trial - which saw teenage gunman Sean Mercer jailed for a minimum of 22 years - the jury heard Quinn was shot in the back when he was 14 and was his sick mother's full-time carer.

The newspaper reported that Quinn will be allowed back between 4pm and 9pm every day but only to one address and via a specified route.

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