Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Mother 'feels she let James down'

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has said she feels like she has let her son down after learning of the decision to release one of his killers from prison.

Jon Venables has been granted parole after he was sent back to jail for two years for accessing child pornography.

He had his parole revoked in 2010 and was jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

James's mother Denise Fergus and father Ralph Bulger previously addressed Venables' parole hearing and pushed for him to remain in prison.

But the Parole Board confirmed that the decision has been made to release him back into the community.

In an interview with Channel 5 News, Mrs Fergus said: "I totally do feel let down but more importantly I feel like I've let James down. I thought I was finally getting somewhere and for them to just push me off that cliff you know, I just can't believe how I'm getting treated and I don't know why they're treating me like this.

"I can feel my blood boiling right now because once again I've been walked all over. I was put on a mountain a few weeks ago when they said they were going to listen to me and I feel they haven't listened to me at all. They've just said that to get me out that room.

"As soon as my back was turned they put two fingers up to me and they've carried on with their lives. It's OK for them - they can go home, they can get on with their lives. It's me that's got to live with this each and every single day."

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."

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph