Sunday 26 March 2017

Venables faces 'extremely serious' charge

ALASTAIR JAMIESON

Jon Venables, the killer of James Bulger, was recalled to prison because of "extremely serious allegations", according to Jack Straw, the UK's justice secretary.

The 27-year-old was returned to prison on Tuesday, nine years after he was released on licence with a new identity after serving eight years for the murder of the toddler on Merseyside in 1993.

Ministers have not said exactly why Venables was returned to jail, but reports yesterday claimed that he was alleged to have committed a sexual offence.

He is also said to have worked as a nightclub bouncer.

He is also reported to have returned to Liverpool under his new identity, despite a ban on him doing so as a condition of his release.

He is said to have visited nightclubs and a pop concert in the city, and also to have watched Premier League football team Everton play at Goodison Park. But Venables has reportedly not visited Bootle, the city district where he and Thompson snatched James 17 years ago

Mr Straw has also announced that he will meet with James's mother, Denise Fergus, to discuss the latest developments.

Mrs Fergus, who will not be told why Venables is back in jail, said yesterday that she was angry and accused authorities of breaking a promise to keep her informed.

"Why can't the government be honest and tell us what he's done? It's wrong -- as James's mother, I have a right to know," she said.

She said she was denied information about Venables's case during a meeting with a Probation Service officer.

"I threw question after question at her, but she blocked every one," she added.

Venables and Robert Thompson were aged 10 when they abducted James from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside. They battered the little boy and left his body on a railway track for a train to cut it in two.

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