Newstalk
Newstalk

12.48 23 Nov 2017


Share this article


One of the people convicted of killing British toddler James Bulger has reportedly been returned to jail after being caught with child abuse images.

Jon Venables, who was 10-years-old when he murdered the young child in 1993, was reportedly arrested last week after the indecent material was found on his computer.

It is the second time he has been caught with child abuse images.

He was previously returned to jail in 2010 for downloading and distributing dozens of indecent images of children online.

In a post on Twitter, James' mother, Denise Fergus, wrote: "Here we go again."

Her husband Stuart responded: "You always said this…7 years on…#HappenedAgain."

Venables, now in his 30s, was reportedly detained after the images were discovered during a routine check at his home by probation officials.

James Bulger’s grave in Kirkdale Cemetary, Liverpool, 03-03-2010. Image: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images

Murder

He was originally jailed for life alongside 10-year-old classmate Robert Thompson for the abduction, torture and murder of two-year-old James in Bootle, Merseyside, in 1993.

The two boys were released on licence with new identities in 2001.

Venables went on to offend again, including arrests for affray and possession of cocaine in 2008.

In 2010, he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to downloading images of child abuse.

Venables, who was reportedly given a second new identity after his first alias was revealed, was granted parole in 2013.

Support

A post on the James Bulger Memorial Trust's Facebook page encouraged people to leave messages of support for Mrs Fergus.

"It will obviously mean the world to her, and Stuart and all the family," a spokesperson for the charity said.

"A bit of love to get them through this never ending nightmare!"


Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

DOWN TO BUSINESS

DOWN TO BUSINESS

10:00-12:00

Share

Up next

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

12:00-13:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

13:00-18:00

Share

THE PICTURE SHOW

THE PICTURE SHOW

18:00-19:00

Share

TED RADIO HOUR

TED RADIO HOUR

19:00-20:00

Share

The Peter Casey Report

The Peter Casey Report

20:00-21:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

21:00-22:00

Share

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP.

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP.

22:00-22:30

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

22:30-23:30

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

23:30-00:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

00:00-00:15

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:15-07:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

07:00-08:00

Share

BETWEEN THE LINES

BETWEEN THE LINES

08:00-09:00

Share

BOBBY'S LATE BREAKFAST

BOBBY'S LATE BREAKFAST

09:00-11:00

Share

ON THE RECORD

ON THE RECORD

11:00-13:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on