Bulger killer pleads guilty to having indecent images of children

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

James Bulger's mum Denise Fergus outside the Old Bailey.

"It's not going to be a slap on the wrist for me".

Sentencing him to three years and four months Mr Justice Edis said Venables was "manipulative and dishonest".

Venables and his classmate Robert Thompson, then both aged 10, brutally murdered two-year-old James in Bootle, Liverpool in 1993.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a charity which tackles child sexual abuse images in the United Kingdom, said Venables' guilty plea made clear "how easily offenders can access this content" and why it is vital that illegal images and videos are removed as quickly as possible.

Jon Venables, who left prison in 2001 for the killing of James, was returned to prison in November a year ago after he was caught with more than 1,000 child abuse images. He also pleaded guilty to having a paedophile manual on or before November 17th previous year. "Three years is really a farce because this is reoffending and there is a pattern to this behaviour", Johnson said, according to the Press Association.

Only six people have been made subject of the orders; Venables, Thompson, Bell, Maxine Carr, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice in the Soham murders, and two brothers who, aged ten and 11, tortured two younger boys in Edlington, South Yorkshire in 2009.

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A report found that he has a "high risk of real harm to children in the future" and a "long-term and profound interest in children", the court heard. "He apologises to the family of James Bulger for the renewed distress he has caused by his renewed offending".

It is the second time he has been recalled to prison over child abuse images. "That was a crime which revolted the nation and which continues to do so even after the 25 years that has passed since it happened", ITV reported.

She told Sir Trevor McDonald: "I never said "lock them up and throw away the key". In 2010, he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to downloading and distributing child pornography. The judge added it is "significant" that a number of the images and films were also of serious crimes inflicted on male toddlers.

The judge described the manual as a "vile document" and revealed the cynical barbarity of its author.

Mr Justice Edis said possessing the manual suggested Venables was "at least contemplating the possibility" of committing an actual sexual crime against children. He added: "Your offences went back some months and required some ingenuity to keep it hidden".

At the time of Venables' first release from prison, a psychiatrist ruled that he did not pose a danger to the public and was extremely unlikely to commit any further offences.

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