17-year-old sent for trial over Rhys Jones murder

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A teenager accused of murdering schoolboy Rhys Jones appeared in court today.







The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared by video link at Liverpool Youth Court.



The boy, wearing what appeared to be rosary beads around his neck, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.



Rhys's parents, Stephen and Melanie, attended the five-minute hearing.



District Judge Richard Clancy told the youth his case was to be committed to Liverpool Crown Court alongside six others also charged in connection with the murder.



James Yates, 20, of Dodman Road, Croxteth, Gary Kays, 25, of Mallard Close, and Melvin Coy, 24, of Abbeyfield Drive, both West Derby, Liverpool, as well as a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who cannot be identified, are all charged with assisting an offender.



A second 16-year-old is charged with assisting an offender and possessing a firearm and ammunition.



The seven accused have all been remanded in custody and will appear before the Recorder of Liverpool, Henry Globe QC, next Monday at 9.45am.



Rhys, 11, was shot dead last August as he walked home from football practice.



He died in his mother Melanie's arms in the car park of the Fir Tree pub in Croxteth, Merseyside.