Convicted murderer Jon Venables has been attacked in prison, after being sent to jail for a third time.
Venables, who has been locked up after being found with indecent images of underage children on his computer for a second time, is believed to have been attacked after his identity was sussed out.
It has been reported another inmate poured boiling hot water over the convicted killer of James Bulger.
The attack is believed to be in retaliation for his part in in the murder of two-year-old James, back in 1993, along with accomplice Robert Thompson. Both were 10-years-old at the time of the horrific murder of the toddler.
According to the Daily Star, Venables had 'scalding hot water' thrown at him following a heated dispute with the prisoner, who discovered his secret identity, 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.
An unnamed source told the Star:
They’ll end up getting him. It’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Justice - who are responsible for making sure Venables' identity remains a secret - told the newspaper how 'incidents [like this] happen all the time in prison'.
Venables was sentenced to prison for 40 months after being found guilty of being in possession of 1,170 indecent images of 'vulnerable' children, some of whom were babies.
While this is his third conviction, it won't have an effect on his anonymity, which was given to him after the murder of James Bulger.
The source went on to say:
Every single person knows he’s there. They’ve got a price on him. It’s not safe for him.
Since the breach of his new identity last year, the Attorney General’s office released a statement saying anyone breaching the anonymity of either Venables or Thompson, could face prosecution.
Despite the horrific murder of James Bulger, an inmate who did time with him at a youth detention/rehabilitation facility revealed how Venables never felt any remorse for his role in the killing.
According to the Mirror, James Heap stated he attacked Venables and revealed how the convicted child killer would be subjected to attacks from other inmates who could not stand his boasting about Bulger's murder.
Despite his behaviour, Heap said Venables was still given preferential treatment by the members of staff.
It's been revealed how after Venables’ latest offences, James Bulger’s dad, Ralph, plans a High Court challenge which could see the killer’s identity revealed.