James Bulger's mother says Venables sentence a 'farce'


One of James Bulger's killers has pleaded guilty to having indecent images of children for the second time it has emerged.

He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey court on Wednesday to possessing the indecent photos and having a paedophile manual.

"I do not think there is very much more that can be said to me that I do not already know that could have an effect on the sentencing process", he said. "That was a crime which revolted the nation and which continues to do so, even after the 25 years that have passed since it happened".

"I know already how it must be for them when that tragic event is once more brought into the public domain into court and so on because of the offending of one of the killers".

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Of the images he downloaded, the judge said it would be "heartbreaking for any ordinary person to see this kind of material".

Venables was released from prison in 2013 and handed a new identity, his third since coming out of jail for the James Bulger murder. But all the time, money and effort put into his rehabilitation has apparently come to nothing again and again.

The court heard when Venables' computer was seized in November images were found of children, mainly aged between six and 13, although some were younger. Again, upon inspection, authorities found children as young as two years old being abused and raped.

Appearing on court via video-link from custody, he pleaded guilty to making 392 category A images, 148 category B images and 630 category C images.

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Some thought the sentence was gravely inadequate, with Justice for James Campaign's Chris Johnson telling the BBC: "The length of the sentence is too short".

A spokesperson for Denise Fergus, James's mother, said the trial was a "horrendous ordeal" and described the actions of her son's killer as "vile behaviour".

Toddler James Bulger was 2 years old when he was murdered in Liverpool in 1993. Thompson's lawyer Dominic Lloyd told the documentary makers that one juror later told him that the jury would've preferred to find that the boys were "guilty of being two very bewildered and frightened little boys who made an terrible mistake and need a lot of help".

Jon Venables has been living anonymously since his release from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of two-year-old James 25 years ago. "If this had happened months earlier the boys wouldn't have been prosecuted - they were only just over the age that they could be prosecuted", he said, according to The Sun.

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"I've never had justice for James", she told ITV's James Bulger: A Mother's Story.