Venables jailed again
The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has accused the authorities of “colluding” to cover up his killer’s behaviour after he was today sent back to prison
Jon Venables, who was given lifelong anonymity with a new identity when he was released on licence in 2001, has been jailed after admitting possessing more than 1,000 indecent images of children and a paedophile manual.
Mr Justice Edis described the pictures as “vile” and “heartbreaking”, adding that many showed abuse of young boys like James.
Police found a total of 1,170 indecent images: 392 judged to be in category A (the most serious), 148 from category B and 630 from category C.
Venables, who was sent back to prison in November after he was caught with the pictures, appeared via video link from custody during the hearing at the Old Bailey in London.
He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, with James’ parents Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger in court to see their son’s killer learn his fate.
Chris Johnson, a spokesman for Ms Fergus, branded the sentence a “farce” and said Venables would feel like he had “got away with it”.
He accused the authorities of colluding to cover up Venables’ behaviour and called for a public inquiry into the case.
Mr Johnson said the disclosure in court that Venables was issued with a caution in 2015 when he gained access to the internet was “part of a pattern of collusion between Venables and the authorities”.
Sky News has contacted the Ministry of Justice and the Parole Board for comment.
This is the second time Venables has been caught with such material, having been jailed for two years in 2010 after admitting charges of downloading and distributing child abuse images.
The court heard that the latest images were of children mainly aged between six and 13, although some were younger.
Police found a paedophile manual, aimed at teaching abusers how to have sex with children “safely”.
Prosecutor Louis Mably QC told the court: “The manual is a disgusting and sickening document which falls far below any recognisable standard of morality.”
As he was being taken to a police station, the court that Venables admitted he had “let people down” and told officers he had “stupid urges”.
Mr Mably told the Old Bailey that Venables had software on his computer to browse the dark web and admitted downloading the material from there.
A report had found that Venables was a “high risk of real harm to children in the future” and has a “long-term and profound interest in children”, the court heard.
Venables and his classmate Robert Thompson abducted, tortured and killed two-year-old James in Bootle, Merseyside, in 1993.
They were both aged 10 when they committed a crime that shocked the country with its barbarity.
Venables was released after serving eight years for the murder and has breached the terms of his licence numerous times since.
As well as being caught with abuse images in 2010, Venables was given a formal warning after being arrested on suspicion of affray following a drunken brawl in 2008 and cautioned for possession of cocaine that same year.
Sentencing Venables, Mr Justice Edis told him the images he downloaded were “heartbreaking for any ordinary person to see this kind of material”.
He described the manual as a “vile document” and told Venables that, as a consumer of these “products of barbarous evil”, he in turn caused it to happen.
The judge added that the offences Venables committed while on licence showed he was a “manipulative and dishonest” man.
As well as his prison sentence, Venables was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and Mr Justice Edis ordered that his laptop be taken away.
James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables has been secretly freed from jail
The beast, 31, was released with his fourth new identity last week
James Bulger’s furious parents last night warned evil Venables can never be trusted.
Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger claimed he has fooled the Parole Board into releasing him — and insist it’s a matter of time before the pervert strikes again.
Venables was secretly freed last week after being caged in 2010 for downloading vile images of children as young as two being abused.
He previously served eight years for killing James in 1993.
Denise, of Kirkby, Merseyside — who said she was informed of his release only yesterday — said: “He is a danger to the public. He lies for his own sick ends.
“I have been told that the terms of his parole mean that he must not enter the county of Merseyside. “But the probation service didn’t monitor him properly last time so I have no faith in their ability to do that now. “They should’ve kept him locked up for a long time.”
Venables — who at ten tortured and killed James, two, with pal Robert Thompson after abducting him from a shopping centre in Bootle — was granted parole on July 4.
It has taken officials two months to prepare him for release with a fourth new identity — but Ralph believes they will not be able to stop him committing crimes against kids again.
He told a friend last night: “God help anyone who is around this murdering paedophile.
“He can’t control his urges towards children and I’m devastated to think another child will become his next victim. It is disgraceful to let him free.”
He and Denise blasted the Parole Board for not telling them Venables was free until after he got out. Ralph said: “As ever, Venables is treated with kid gloves while James’s family is treated as if we don’t matter.”
After receiving my second injunction from the attorney general’s office, I have decided to take the photos and information that revealed the current identity of Jon Venables dated 2008-2010 off this page. As much as I would like to keep them here for all to see, I cannot lay this whole database on the line for one offender. It is therefore my final decision to remove all the info that exposes Venables current identity, so as to keep the remaining approx 35,000 offenders profiled on here. Full passage of events of the crimes of Venables and Thompson remain, scroll down …….