The secret identity of James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables has been ‘leaked’ by a group of prison inmates.
Venables, who’s currently serving a 40-month prison sentence for possession of child abuse images, was given a new undisclosed identity following his murder of two-year-old Bulger back in 1993.
However, a group of prisoners have got hold of recent photos of Venables, as well as details of which jail he’s being held in and his new name.
According to The Mirror, inmates want to leak the photos and information in order to ‘expose’ the child killer, labelling him ‘a dirty nonce’.
However, if they succeed, the group could face two years in prison for breaching a lifelong anonymity order granted to both Venables and Robert Thompson – who were aged 10-years-old when they tortured Bulger to death after abducting him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside.
The Attorney General’s office said:
We have received complaints the anonymity has been breached. An investigation is ongoing.
If the leak happens, it’s feared harm could come to the now 35-year-old Venables or innocent people who are mistakenly identified as him.
Earlier this month it was reported an inmate poured boiling hot water over Venables after figuring out his identity.
According to The Daily Star, Venables had ‘scalding hot water’ thrown at him following a heated dispute with the prisoner, forcing prison officers to step in and ‘de-escalate the situation’.
Britain’s youngest convicted murderer now fears he’s a ‘marked man’, blaming the prison officers for failing to do ‘nothing at first’ and not doing enough after the attack.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Justice – who are responsible for making sure Venables’ identity remains a secret – said ‘incidents [like this] happen all the time in prison’.
Yet an unnamed source told The Daily Star:
They’ll end up getting him. It’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money. Every single person knows he’s there.
They’ve got a price on him. It’s not safe for him.
The latest attack came after Bulger’s father, Ralph, spoke about how he believes Venables’ identity should be revealed, during an interview on ITV‘s Good Morning Britain (February 12).
You can watch it here:
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He also said, unequivocally, Venables should be kept under surveillance 24/7 to ensure no risk to the public:
Personally I’d like to see him kept away from the public so he can’t do anything to another child.
You’ve got to keep on top of this person because he’s just waiting to do something in my eyes.
It’s currently believed Venables has been given a total of up to four new identities with each one costing £250,000.
Overall, it’s alleged he’s cost the justice system £5 million.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.