Revelations that the killer who shot dead 11-year-old Rhys Jones had been chatting up a woman from prison using an illegal mobile phone have enraged ECHO readers.
Yesterday, we reported how the schoolboy's dad found it "galling" and said it "beggared belief" that Sean Mercer had been conducting a romantic relationship from behind bars.
The now-29-year-old has been using the secret mobile phone, his prospective girlfriend claimed, to contact her in a conversation which has gone on for up to eight months.
Today, ECHO readers responded with fury to the reports.
Referring to comments said to be made by Mercer to the woman, that he had hopes of fathering two children when he leaves prison, one reader said: "So Mercer hopes one day to have children, well sorry, that privilege should be taken away from him.
"He took a child's life, a beloved and wanted child, he changed a family's life for good, so why should he be given the chance of family life?"
She added: "The prison needs a good sweep and the phone found immediately and any prison visiting passes sent to that girl should be stopped.
"He deserves nothing."
A man said: "These lovely people have suffered enough.
"No Home Secretary will ever be forgiven if they allow this killer out too soon."
And a woman said: "To Rhys' parents to see and have to watch this over and over again - my heart goes out to you.
One time gang member Mercer, who shot Rhys dead as he walked home from football practice in Croxteth, referred to having "accidentally hurt someone" in his conversation with the woman, reports said.
Steve Jones, Rhys' dad, told the ECHO: "Things like this just brings Rhys' death back for the whole family.
"If Mercer was serious about putting in a legal challenge about how he's a model prisoner, then he's blown that out the water by having a mobile phone while in prison.
"It beggars belief how these things come out."
The development could put paid to any suggestion he could get an early release, given his controversial current challenge to get out of prison ahead of time.
Mercer was 16 when he pulled the trigger that led to Rhys' murder amid a crime war between gun-toting rival gangs the Croxteth Crew and the Norris Green Strand Gang in August 2007.
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The thug was ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years when he was jailed in 2008, meaning his earliest release date was 2030 - at the age of 40.
But in a highly-controversial move, Mercer is attempting to cut that jail term, arguing he should be entitled to a sentence reduction because he was a juvenile when he murdered Rhys, in August 2007.
Under law in England and Wales, juveniles are entitled to a review of their minimum tariff halfway through their sentence, now applicable to Mercer given he has served 11 years.
But Mercer was convicted and sentenced when he was 18, having become an adult, so his appeal may stand on shaky ground.
Key to that challenge was his insistence he'd become a reformed character and had made exceptional progress, but this latest development throws those claims into jeopardy and leaves his legal position, which might have reached the High Court, weaker still.
Mercer shot Rhys outside the Fir Tree pub in Croxteth Park before leaving the scene on his mountain bike and going on the run.
His gang accomplice James Yates supplied the Smith and Wesson gun used to shoot Rhys before helping him to dispose of his bike, clothes and the firearm he gave him minutes before the murder.
Mr Jones, a supermarket worker, added: "We'd like to think Mercer had no chance of early release anyway, without this phone incident.
"But this just backs up the argument that he shouldn't be considered for any reduction.
"Mercer's sentence was given to him when he was an adult, so he needs to tough it out."
It is said the killer first got in touch with his female friend on Instagram, who visited him a few times while in prison, it was added.