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Jon Venables loses parole bid on child porn conviction

Mark Hughes

Published 27/06/2011 | 15:59

Jon Venables, one of the boys who murdered the toddler James Bulger, has had his bid for parole turned down, it was revealed today .

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Venables, 28, was jailed for two years last July after pleading guilty to downloading child pornography.

He had applied to be released at the half way point in his sentence, meaning he could have been free next month.

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.

The decision means that while Venables' custodial sentence for the child abuse images runs out next month – at the mandatory half way point – he will continue to serve the remainder of the life sentence he received for killing James Bulger in 1993.

Telegraph.co.uk

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