Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

PM backs secrecy over killer of Jamie Bulger

The Prime Minister has defended the Government's refusal to explain why one of the killers of James Bulger has been returned to prison, amid claims the killer had a recent history of violence.

Gordon Brown told reporters yesterday that although the murder of James Bulger was an “abhorrent” crime, it did not justify making public the reason why Jon Venables (27) was recalled.

Mr Brown said: “What matters here is that the justice system is allowed to run its course and that justice is done, whatever wrongs are committed.”

Reports have suggested that Venables was returned to custody more than a week ago after fighting with a work colleague.

In the latest claims, the Daily Mirror alleged that the work colleague grappled with Venables before others intervened and pulled them apart. His alleged victim is said to have made an official complaint about the attack.

This, the paper claimed, was what had triggered his recall.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman would only say that Venables was back in prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

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