Sunday 28 May 2017

British government urged to say why Bulger's killer is in jail

Jack Doyle in London

PRESSURE was mounting on the British government last night to disclose more details about the return to prison of one of James Bulger's killers.

Jon Venables, who is now 27, was taken back into custody last week for breaching the conditions of his release.

But little is known about the reasons why and ministers have refused to provide details.

Even James's mother, Denise Fergus, has not been told why Venables was back behind bars.

British Justice Secretary Jack Straw defended the decision, saying the secrecy was in the public interest.

But the detective who led the investigation into the killing said the public should be told.

Detective Albert Kirby said: "I think the statement that came out last night actually raises more questions than it answers.

"It would help to clarify and put this to rest once and for all if the public did have some indication of what it is he has done.

"Not where he is or details like that but the reason why his probation has been revoked and he is back inside."

Venables and Robert Thompson were 10 when they battered two-year-old James to death seventeen years ago.

Mrs Fergus, writing on her Twitter account last night, said that Venables was "where he belongs tonight -- behind bars".

Irish Independent

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