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Bulger mum says: name two torture brothers

Matt Dickinson in London

Published 26/01/2010 | 05:00

THE mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said the young brothers who sadistically tortured two other boys should be named.

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Denise Fergus, whose two-year-old son was killed by two 10 year olds in 1993, said yesterday that the brothers' parents should also be identified to show "justice has been done".

The siblings -- aged 10 and 11 at the time of their attack-- were locked up last week for at least five years for torturing and sexually humiliating the nine-year-old and 11-year-old boys in Edlington, South Yorkshire.

Writing in a national newspaper, Ms Fergus said: "These two boys should be named -- and so should their parents.

"Unless they are fully identified, how can people be satisfied that justice has been done?"

Pornography

She added: "The parents in particular should be named and shamed. They bear a lot of the blame for what their sons did."

The young victims were strangled, hit with bricks, made to eat nettles and forced to sexually abuse each other.

It emerged that the elder attacker watched ultra-violent movies as part of a home life of "routine aggression, violence and chaos". He also watched the gruesome' Saw' movies when he was as young as 10, as well as pornography.

Ms Fergus wrote: "Boys like this who are so evil by the age of 10 and 11 will never be changed into decent people.

"In the children's homes they will just learn how to play the system with the anonymity and protection that they will be given for life."

Social services and other organisations missed many opportunities to intervene with the perpetrators during their violent and chaotic upbringing.

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