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Rhys Jones killer Sean Mercer living it up in this state-of-the-art £80,000-a-year prison which boasts its own footie pitch, yoga classes and gardening

RHYS Jones killer Sean Mercer is living it up in a cushy prison where he enjoys yoga, drama classes and gardening.

Mercer – who was jailed for 22 years for shooting the 11-year-old in Liverpool in 2007 – stays in HM Prison Frankland’s state-of-the-art Westgate Wing costing the tax payer around £80,000 per year.

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Mercer, who was caged for life for killing 11-year-old Rhys Jones, is able to enjoy plays, yoga and roast dinners while inside the cushy jail[/caption]

An aerial view of the prison wing. home to killer Sean Mercer, which boasts a footie pitch and gardens

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Another view of HMP Frankland in Durham which houses gangland thug Sean Mercer[/caption]

The total cost of the 26-year-old’s stay in the Category A facility, which boasts an all-weather football pitch, pool tables and gardens, will be £1.7 million of public money.

Mercer is also allowed to work out in a private gym and has access to yoga, singing and music classes and can even star in his own drama play.

A recent report by the visiting group the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) revealed that no expense was spared for lags on the Westgate Wing.

It has its own separate library and canteen, as well as modern sports facilities and lags can even potter about in the wing’s well-maintained gardens.

Warders put on comic book clubs and card-making courses and host pool and table tennis competitions.

Earlier this month, The Sun revealed that Mercer feasts on roast dinners which are ordered from a menu delivered to his cell each week.

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Little Rhys was shot and killed on his way home from football practice by gangland thug Mercer in 2007[/caption]

An independent report revealed he can also log his likes and dislikes on the jail’s computer system so he’s never served anything that’s not to his taste.

It was also recently revealed that the 26-year-old lag wears designer clothes and enjoys a private loo, telly and PlayStation in his single cell.  

He also stocks up on soft drinks, sweets, chocolates, crisps and cakes from the prison’s canteen list to supplement the prison’s meals.

A source said: “He might be in a top security nick but his life isn’t all that bad.

“He wears the best gear and has a cell packed with games and DVDs he can access through his PlayStation.

“He’s got his own loo and doesn’t share a cell so he has plenty of privacy.

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Mercer stays in HM Prison Frankland's Westgate Wing which costs the tax payer around £80,000 per year[/caption]

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The killing of the 11-year-old Everton fan was dramatised in ITV show Little Boy Blue[/caption]

Mercer, whose crime was the subject of ITV's Little Boy Blue, was jailed for life after shooting dead little Rhys while opening fire at rival thugs in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007.

The footy-mad Everton fan’s killing sparked national outrage with more than 2,500 mourners attending his funeral.

Mercer, then just 16, originally denied gunning down his victim and remained silent during his 10-week trial, but he was unanimously convicted by jurors.

He finally confessed after being caged, writing in a letter how the killing was a "terrible accident", and claiming: "I'm proper devastated".


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