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James Bulger Killer Jon Venables' Twitter Photo Sparks Attorney General Investigation

The Attorney General has launched an investigation after photographs purporting to show killer Jon Venables were allegedly posted on the internet.

Venables was 10 when he and classmate Robert Thompson abducted and murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in February 1993.

Thompson and Venables were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001.

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, of the High Court Family Division, made an unprecedented court order banning publication of any information which could lead to the revelation of their new identities.

Venables, now 30, had his parole revoked in 2010 and was jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

The images, which appeared on the social network site Twitter, claimed to show an adult Venables posing with friends. The Twitter user has since removed the posts.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office said: "The AGO has been alerted to a possible contempt of court. We are liaising with the MoJ (Ministry of Justice) and others to establish the facts.

"We can neither confirm nor deny whether the pictures in question are of Jon Venables. It should be noted, there is a worldwide injunction in place which prevents the publication of any images or information purporting to identify anyone as Jon Venables."

James Bulger's mother, Denise Fergus, has made no comment about the alleged breach.

Fergus, 45, has always opposed the injunction, fearing it could lead to innocent men being accused of being James's killers.

Venables and Thompson abducted James from the Bootle Strand shopping centre in Merseyside before torturing and killing him.

The two boys, who were truanting from school, walked James around the streets of Liverpool for more than two miles, stopping occasionally to kick and punch him.

They told adults who intervened that he was their brother.

After taking him to a nearby railway line, they left his body on the tracks in the hope it would be destroyed by a train.

The toddler had been splattered with blue paint and his battered head lay surrounded by a pile of bricks.

His body was found two days later by children playing on a freight railway line.

by Anonymousreply 902/28/2013

Here's the photos.

by Anonymousreply 102/27/2013

The stuff of nightmares!

by Anonymousreply 202/27/2013

That's Robert Thompson apparently.

by Anonymousreply 302/27/2013

The guy in the pictures looks more like Thompson than Venables.

by Anonymousreply 402/27/2013

Meant to link to this:

by Anonymousreply 502/27/2013

Yeah, I corrected it, r5. I had enough seeing just one of them. Two, ugh!

by Anonymousreply 602/27/2013

[quote]. It should be noted, there is a [bold]worldwide[/bold] injunction in place which prevents the publication of any images or information purporting to identify anyone as Jon Venables."

What does "publication" mean? Private citizens and friends can't post pictures on social media sites? If Venables allows himself to have his picture taken isn't it his responsibility if it is "published" on social media?

The "worldwide" thing is odd. A UK court presumes that it can order news agencies outside the borders to not publish certain material?

by Anonymousreply 702/28/2013

Is "Venables" a really low-class surname?

by Anonymousreply 802/28/2013

Why are they so hot to protect these two? They are murderers. They served time. They're ex-cons. Just because they were young when they murdered the boy doesn't mean they need worldwide protection for the rest of their lives. There have been other young child killers and they weren't protected by the entire world.

It's not like the boy was asleep and they put a pillow over his head and didn't see or hear him suffer and could claim they didnt realize they were hurting him. They beat him, he cried and when people tried to intervene they cleverly lied. Then they deliberately killed him to avoid identification.

It had nothing to do with being young, uneducated, clueless children.

by Anonymousreply 902/28/2013
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