Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Mother's fury as James Bulger's killer Jon Venables is freed

Jon Venables
Jon Venables

Jon Venables, one of the child killers of toddler James Bulger, has been granted parole after he was sent back to jail for accessing child porn, sources have revealed.

Venables, now in his 30s, had his parole revoked in 2010 and was jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

Earlier this year James's mother, Denise Fergus, and father, Ralph Bulger, both addressed Venables' parole hearing and pushed for him to remain in prison.

Sources said the decision has gone against the toddler's parents and that Venables has been granted parole.

A Parole Board spokesman said he could not comment on individual cases but confirmed that a decision had been made.

Mrs Fergus tweeted: "Just don't believe what I've got 2 go through. AGAIN."

Shortly afterwards she posted: "Venables is getting released."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "The re-release of life-licensed offenders is directed by the independent Parole Board once they are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community.

"Their life licence lasts for the rest of their lives, and they may be recalled to prison at any time for breaching their licence conditions. Additionally, they will be subject to strict controls and restrictions for as long as their risk requires them."

A spokesman for the Parole Board later added: "We've had confirmation that all parties have been told and we can confirm that it was a release decision. He will be released."

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