Widow’s fury after Amir Khan FaceTimes convicted killer on secret prison phone to tell him ‘keep your chin up bro’ – after he killed her husband in pub fight when the victim intervened to defend his stepson
- Boxer, 31, had a FaceTime call with Philip Merry who is in jail for manslaughter
- The killer, 31, posted a screenshot of the illegal call on his Instagram story
- The victim’s wife, Clare McKinnon, slammed Khan’s behaviour as disgusting
- Khan claims did not know the person he was calling was a killer or in prison
This is a screenshot of the call on the killer’s Instagram story
Amir Khan has provoked outrage by chatting to a convicted killer with an illegal phone in jail and telling him: ‘Keep your chin up bro.’
The boxer, 31, had a FaceTime call with Philip Merry, who is serving eight years for manslaughter after beating to death father-of-five Steve McKinnon in a pub fight in Leicester in 2014.
Merry, 31, posted a screenshot of the call on his Instagram story with the caption: ‘When Amir Khan Facetimes you to say ‘Keep your chin up bro’. Big love bro’.
The victim’s widow called Khan’s behaviour ‘disgusting’ – but he claims he was asked to make the call on a fan’s phone and did not know the person he was calling was in prison.
Mr McKinnon’s widow Clare told The Sun: ‘Amir Khan is meant to be a role model. It’s disgusting he would back someone like Merry.
‘He should be round here telling me to keep my chin up after what I’ve been through.
‘Merry is meant to be in prison serving his punishment, not getting morale-boosting messages from the likes of Khan. How’s Merry even got a phone in prison?’
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘This behaviour is unacceptable and we have had this account taken down.’
A spokesman for Khan said: ‘We can confirm that Amir was provided with a mobile phone from a fan and asked to speak to his friend (something that occurs frequently).
‘There was no prior notice that his friend was in prison or had been convicted of such a serious crime.
‘To Amir’s knowledge, he has never intentionally used his mobile telephone to FaceTime anyone in prison.’
Merry (pictured), 31, posted a screenshot of the call on his Instagram story with the caption: ‘When Amir Khan Facetimes you to say ‘Keep your chin up bro’. Big love bro’
Father-of-five Steve McKinnon was killed in a pub fight in Leicester in 2014 after protecting his stepson who was attacked