World News – GB – James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables denied parole as father says he can ‘rest easy’


EXCLUSIVE: Ralph Bulger has spoken of his fears that he will never be sure to free his son James’ killer, Jon Venables, as the murderer is being denied parole for footage of child abuse

James Bulger’s father said tonight he could « rest easy » because one of his son’s murderers was denied parole

Jon Venables, 38, and his friend Robert Thompson were 10 years old in 1993, when they killed James, two, after taking him from Bootle, Merseyside

They served an eight-year sentence before being released on license with lifelong anonymity, but Venables is now in jail for possession of child abuse images

It is understood that he was told it would take two years before he could apply for parole again

James’ father Ralph Bulger said: « This is the first time the right decision has been made regarding my son’s killers

« I’m so relieved because I was convinced he was going out – like he did before »

He was released in 2013 with another new identity, but in 2017 he was returned to prison for the same offense

The images included category A photos, the most serious type, and he also admitted to having a « pedophile manual »

Sentencing him to 40 months in prison in 2018, Judge Edis said: “The children depicted were often very young and vulnerable, the pain and distress are noticeable »

Venables would normally be released after 20 months, but he cannot be released until the parole board recommends him, as he has a lifetime license meaning he is on parole to his death

M Bulger said: « He may not stay in jail indefinitely, but just knowing he’s behind bars means kids are safe from him for at least two years.

« I have always said that Venables is a dangerous predatory pedophile and should never be released from prison, but no one has listened until now

« Now the parole officers saw the light and agreed that he could not be released safely

« I can’t express how much of a relief this is – I’ve spent the last few months dreading the phone call to say he’s back on the streets

« He will never be sure to release him and I hope they will apply his license to live and keep him locked up forever now »

M Bulger said: « I always believed that Venables would kill another child again if he was allowed to come back to the community

« Since James was murdered so horribly, the courts have gone out of their way to deal with both Venables and Thompson

« Now the tide has turned and finally he faces a real prison where he should have been from the start »

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