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James Bulger killer to be kept in jail because he can’t be trusted not to reveal his identity

Independent.ie reporters

Published 08/11/2011 | 12:47

Jon Venables (pictured aged ten) abducted, tortured and then murdered two-year-old James Bulger in 1993
Jon Venables (pictured aged ten) abducted, tortured and then murdered two-year-old James Bulger in 1993

THE child-killer of Liverpool toddler Jamie Bulger will have to stay in prison indefinitely because he can’t be trusted to keep his new identity secret.

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Jon Venables, now aged 28, will not be given a second false name and will have to remain in jail for his own safety, the Daily Mail has reported.



Along with Robert Thompson, Venables was given a life sentence for the murder of little boy as his mother shopped in the Bootle Strand mall in Liverpool in February 1993.



His subsequent conviction for child porn means that he can be forced to serve his full sentence.



He blew his own cover to friends before he was recalled to prison in February 2010



Venables was jailed for two years in July 2010 after pleading guilty to downloading child pornography.



He had applied to be released at the half way point in his sentence, but a panel of three parole board officials rejected his application after deciding it was not safe to release Venables as he still poses a risk to the public.



In making their decision the panel considered Venables' offending history and his progress in prison. The board also heard James's father, Ralph, describe the "daily nightmare" of life since his son's murder.



A 2001 High Court order banning Venables’s identity, appearance and whereabouts from being revealed was renewed following his conviction for child pornography.



The order also bans the media from reporting where he is in jail and where he was at the time of his arrest in February 2010, apart from the fact he had been living in Cheshire.



There was ‘compelling evidence’ that he would be attacked in revenge for murdering two-year-old James, Mr Justice Bean said in a 26-paragraph ruling.



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