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Parents' plea for help on anniversary of son's murder

Andrew Jones. Photo: Police handout

The parents of a teenager who was murdered on a night out in Liverpool a decade ago are pleading for help in bringing his killers to justice.

Andrew Jones was out with friends in the city centre on March 9, 2003 when he was attacked.

A 26-year-old was charged in October 2003 but the case fell apart and ten years on, no-one has been held accountable for his death.

A £10,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person, or persons, responsible for Andrew's death.

His friends and family will hold a vigil on Sunday to mark the anniversary.

Detective Supt Dave Brunskill, of Merseyside Police said: "The sense of loss to Andrew's family has not gone away.

"His family has been through a harrowing experience, both in terms of losing their son and then left feeling that justice hasn't been done.

"Someone knows what happened that night and knows who is responsible.

"Now is the time to search your conscience, to realise the pain that Andrew 's family still feel to this day and to do the right thing.

"By coming forward now, you can help bring this investigation to its proper conclusion and help this family find some peace."

Police officers found Andrew, who was 18 at the time, lying in Hanover Street, at its junction with Gradwell Street, just before 3.30am.

He had suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he died the following day.

His mother, Christine, made an emotional appeal to the girls who were with the men who attacked her son.

Speaking ahead of Mother's Day on Sunday, she said: "The girls who were there that night may have children themselves now and may be able to try and understand what I am going through.

"It's Mother's Day on Sunday and I would like to be able to go out for a meal with Andrew and the rest of my family like everyone else, but instead I will be campaigning for justice for him.

"Ten years on they must still be heavy with that guilt.

"I would say to them if you close your eyes and imagine it's your son where Andrew is; imagine the pain and torment you're going through and your son is looking down, watching the pain and torment you are going through.

"Surely you would want someone to come forward and give information so justice could be done and your son could finally rest in peace once and for all and put closure on your own life."

The vigil starts at 1.15pm in St Johns Gardens at the rear of St Georges Hall.

They will then walk to the junction of Hanover Street and Seel Street at 1.50pm to lay flowers in Andrew's memory.

Anyone with information should call detectives from the Major Incident Team on 0151 777 8660 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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