Those found sharing photos that identify Jamie Bulger’s killers on social media could face prosecution.
Jail time could be handed out to those sharing images of 35-year-old Jon Venables after the Attorney General’s office launched an investigation due to reports his identity had been compromised.
Venables was only 10-years-old at the time he and Robert Thompson abducted two-year-old James in Merseyside in 1993 and proceeded to brutally murder him.
The pair, who turned 11 by the time of their sentencing, were found guilty of the abduction and murder of Bulger. It was a verdict which made the two minors ‘the youngest convicted murderers in Britain for 250 years’. They were detained indefinitely in youth custody.
A statement from the Attorney General’s office said:
We have received a complaint that the anonymity order has been breached and we are investigating.
The warning came after it was revealed Venables identity had revealed online. When the pair were released in 2001, under new identities, a worldwide banning order was put in place to prevent their current identities from being published.
However in 2013 two men posted images of two adults claiming they were Venables and Thompson, both recieved nine months sentences (suspended for 15 months) as a result. Anyone caught publishing photos of what they look like now could be looking at a prison sentence which could carry up to two years.
Since his release in 2001 Venables has been sent back to prison twice, the most recent being earlier this month. In both cases he was caught in possession on indecent images of children.
It is understood the images found on his home computer were discovered during a routine visit by officials. Upon discovering the inappropriate material the police were immediately called in.
What was most notable, and shocking, about the contents found on Venables’ computer was that it was similar to the images found in his possession when he first went back to prison 2010.
Since his return to prison Venables has been placed inside a maximum security facility (category A) and is under heavy guard, due to legal reasons the location of the jail cannot be revealed.
Just last week James Bulgar’s mother Denise Fergus called for his anonymity to be lifted, in statement she said:
Venables has now proved beyond any doubt what a vile, perverted psychopath he has always been
James’ father, Ralph Bulger, echoed those sentiments, believing his recent crimes have shown the £5 million rehabilitation spent on him and Thompson has ‘not worked’.
James Bulger’s horrific kidnapping and murder in February 1993 at the hands of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson shocked the nation as the court heard how the two poured modelling paint into his eyes, beat him with stones and bricks, then left his body on a railway line where he was then run over by a train.