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29 September 2020 02:46

New Zealand Sentence Christchurch

Jon Venables is REFUSED to parole – with James Bulger’s family saying they can ‘rest easy’

Don't miss our must-read newsletter Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email James Bulger's father tonight said he could "rest easy" as one of his son's killers was refused parole. Jon Venables, 38, and his friend Robert Thompson were 10 in 1993, when they killed James, two, after taking him from Bootle, Merseyside. They served eight years before being freed on licence with lifelong anonymity, but Venables is now in jail for possessing child abuse images. James' father Ralph Bulger said: "This is the first time ever that the right decision has been made regarding my son's killers. Venables went to jail in 2010 for having child abuse images on his laptop.

He was released in 2013 with another new identity, but in 2017 was sent back to prison for the same offence. Mr Bulger said: "I've always believed Venables will kill another child again if he is allowed back into the community. James Bulger's killer has reportedly been refused parole – and will have to wait another two years before applying. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson served eight years after the horrifying murder in 1993. The duo – aged 10 at the time of the murder – were freed on licence with lifelong anonymity, but Venables is now in jail for possessing child abuse images.

James' dad Ralph Bulger told the Daily Mirror: "This is the first time ever that the right decision has been made regarding my son's killers. Both killers served eight years in secure juvenile detention before they were released on licence with lifelong anonymity. In 2017, Venables was sent back to prison for having child abuse images on his laptop, after already going to jail in 2010, and being released in 2013. Sentencing him to 40 months' jail in 2018, Mr Justice Edis said: "The children depicted were often very young and vulnerable, there is discernible pain and distress suffered." Venables would normally be allowed out after 20 months, but he cannot be freed until the Parole Board recommends it as he has a life licence, meaning he is on parole until he dies. Mr Bulger said: "He may not stay in jail for ever, but just knowing he is behind bars means children are safe from him for at least another two years.

"I have always said that Venables is a dangerous predatory paedophile and should never be freed from prison, but no one has listened until now. James Bulger killer Jon Venables has been refused parole and told he must stay in jail after his child porn conviction. The decision has been hailed by James' family, with father Ralph Bulger saying he could now 'rest easy'. Venables, 38, and his friend Robert Thompson were 10 in 1993, when they killed James, two, after taking him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside. They served eight years before being freed on licence with lifelong anonymity, before Venables was jailed in 2010 for child pornography.

He was released three years later with yet another new identity but was sent back to prison after more child porn was found in his laptop in 2017. His bid to be released on parole has now been refused and it is understood he will have to spend another two years in jail before he can apply for it again. Jon Venables, the killer of two-year-old James Bulger, has been refused parole and told he must stay in jail after his child porn conviction Venables, 38, and his friend Robert Thompson were 10 in 1993, when they killed James Bulger, two Venables would normally be allowed out automatically after 20 months, but he has a life licence, meaning he has to face the parole board before he is released and is on parole until he dies. James' father Ralph Bulger hailed the decision and told the Mirror: 'This is the first time ever that the right decision has been made regarding my son's killers. 'He may not stay in jail for ever, but just knowing he is behind bars means children are safe from him for at least another two years.' Venables was caught with category A child porn photos, the most serious type, and he also admitted having a 'paedophile manual'. Sentencing him to 40 months' jail in 2018, Mr Justice Edis said: 'The children depicted were often very young and vulnerable, there is discernible pain and distress suffered.' James' father Ralph Bulger hailed the decision: 'This is the first time ever that the right decision has been made regarding my son's killers' James Bulger was killed by Venables and Robert Thompson, both aged 10, on February 12, 1993, after the pair snatched him from his mother in a Liverpool shopping centre. Venables has spent more than £65,000 of taxpayers money fighting legal challenges to his lifelong anonymity by Ralph Bulger since his release. JON Venables has been denied parole as James Bulger's father says he can "rest easy" knowing his son's killer will remain behind bars. Paedophile Venables, 38, and his pal Robert Thompson kidnapped and murdered toddler James in Merseyside in 1993 - in a crime which shocked Britain. 5 Jon Venables has been denied parole and will remain in prison for at least another two years, it has been reported Credit: PA:Press Association 5 James Bulger, aged two, was kidnapped and murdered by Venables and Thompson in 1993 Credit: PA:Press Association The 10-year-old killers served eight years before freed aged 18 on license with new identities - however Venables has since been jailed twice for possessing child abuse images. He has now been told he will remain in prison for at least another two years before he can apply for parole again, the Mirror reports. James' father Ralph Bulger admitted he was "relieved" that the "arch manipulator" was not going to be freed. The grieving father says Venables is a dangerous paedophile who will kill again if he is allowed back on the streets. He said: "He may not stay in jail forever, but just knowing he is behind bars means children are safe from him for at least another two years. "I've always believed Venables will kill another child again if he is allowed back into the community. Venables was first sent back to jail in 2010 after child abnuse images were found on his laptop. He was released in 2013 with yet another new identity but was back in prison in 2017 when more disgusting pictures were found on his computer. He is also said to have admitted to having a "paedophile manual" when he was convicted three years ago. And while such an offence would mean a 20 month sentence, Venables life licence means he is on parole until the day he dies. Fellow killer Robert Thompson has never reoffended since he was freed aged 18 - despite being branded the ringleader and "remorseless" during the trial. 5 The chilling images of the two killers kidnapping the toddler in 1993 sent shockwaves through the country Credit: PA:Press Association 5 Robert Thompson has never reoffended since being released Credit: Rex Features 5 Ralph Bulger believes Venables will kill another child if he is released Credit: PA:Press Association Jon Venables, depicted as a boy, has been kept anonymous for life by the courts Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were found guilty of murdering Bulger in November 1993 and sentenced to custody until they were 18. They were released in 2001 at the age of 18 and were given a new identity to protect him from the risk of vigilante attacks. At the time of Venables's first release from prison, a psychiatrist ruled that he posed no danger to the public and that he was very unlikely to commit any more offenses. The release of Venables under his new identity went on and he is known to live independently in March 2002 – some time after that, he began a relationship with a woman who had a five-year-old child, though he denies ever meeting them. Venables and Robert Thompson were released eight years after they were first incarcerated The hard drive was later investigated by police, who found it contained dozens of indecent images of children. Venables admitted that he posed online as a 35-year-old woman who abused her eight-year-old daughter and returned to prison. Venables was again paroled in 2013 and took on his fourth new identity. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison after being found guilty of having more than 1,000 indecent images of children in February 2018.