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James Bulger killer Jon Venables 'to be freed'

2013-07-04 19:56:35

Jon Venables
Jon Venables was given a new identity when he was
released from prison in 2001

One of James Bulger's killers, Jon Venables, should be released from prison, the parole board has said.

James' mother Denise Fergus tweeted in response: "Venables is getting released. Just don't believe what I've got to go through again."

Venables was previously paroled, but sent back to jail for accessing child pornography.

Two-year-old James was killed in Bootle in February 1993 by Venables and Robert Thompson, both aged 10.

The toddler was beaten with bricks and iron bars and his body left on a railway line.

In May, Ms Fergus attended a parole hearing via videolink from Liverpool to demand a full examination into the killer's past.

James's father Ralph also told the hearing it would be "stupid" to free Venables.

Venables was released in 2001 but jailed again in 2010 after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

When he was re-arrested it emerged that Venables, who was given a new identity on release from prison, had breached his parole conditions by visiting Merseyside.


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