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24 July 2010 :: 16:07:32 pm 33141

James Bulgers’ Killer Jailed Over Computer Images

Child abuse images found on computer of child killer Jon Venables has led to a further 2 years in prison after he admitted downloading and distributing indecent images of children.
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England, the 24th of July 2010: Jon Venables, one of the two boys given new identities after their release from prison in 2001 for the killing of two year old James Bulger in 1993, has been given a further jail sentence of two years after 57 images of child abuse were found on his computer between February 2009 – February 2010.

Two year old James Bulger was abducted from a shopping center in Bootle, Merseyside in February 1993 by Jon Venables then aged 10 and his friend Robert Thompson.  They beat the toddler with bricks and iron bars and left his body on a railway line.

The images were found on Venables’ computer as he was in the process of deleting them and trying to remove his hard drive by a probation officer he had called to his home in Cheshire, when he thought his identity had been discovered. The court was packed for this unbelievable moment as Venables spoke to strongly declare of his guilt of three offences.

Great steps had been taken to still protect Venables idenitity as his presence in court was via a screen that was angled so as only the judge was able to see him and any emotions he may show. James Bulgers’ mother Denise Fergus sat in disbelief, while her partner shook his head as they listened to details of his offence.

Lawyers argued that this was a very serious road to take and the first time such steps to protect an adult criminal had been taken. They then asked for the screen to be viewed by the rest of the court, but their request was denied by the judge saying the risk of Venables being identified at a later date and being attacked, justified his decision.

It was revealed that the Cheshire police an assessment to establish what would happen if the new identity of Venables was released.  The assessment concluded that should his identity ne revealed, the risk of someone attacking him with the intention of killing him would be high.

James Bulgers’ mother Denise Fergus said,”Justice has not been done”, while her spokesman Chris Johnson stated that the two year sentence was simply not enough to meet the gravity of what the person did.

Sitting at the Old Bailey, Mr. Justice Bean said, “Venables had colluded in the harm of children. However, it would be wrong for Venables’ sentence to be increased because of his previous crime.” He went on to say that Venables would not automatically be released after serving half of his jail time like any other prisoner as it would be up to the parole board to decide when or if he would be released.

The solicitor for James Bulgers’ father Robin Makin said giving someone a false ID was an experiment that was never going to work. He went on to say that Mr. Bulger was unhappy that the judge had not taken into account of James’s murder when sentencing him. Jon Venables has been banned from using a computer for five years and is to be placed on a sex offenders’ register for 10 years upon his release. Denise Fergus’s spokesman Chris Johnson said, “Justice has not been done.”

Prosecutor Louis Mably said eight of the images were level four, the second most serious category of child abuse images, two were at level three, three were at level two and 44 were at level one, the least serious.  Images showed children as young as two years old while others showed young girls being raped.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, representing Venables told the court that his murder conviction has cast a long shadow over his life leaving him unable to have a relationship as the condition of his license meant he had to tell anyone he had a close relationship with of his past convictions. On top of this he was addicted to drugs and cocaine and was cautioned in December 2008.

Venables computer showed an extensive history of searching for and downloading indecent image of children. The court was also told of his online communications with Dawn Smith, a 35 year old married woman who abused her eight year old daughter then offered to sell access to the child. James Bulgers’ killers were both jailed for life for his murder, but were released with new identities when they turned 18 despite public outcry.

Reggie Colbeck

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