Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jon Venables 'cannot be given another new identity'... because he can't be trusted to keep it a secret - 9th Nov 2011

Child killer Jon Venables is being kept in prison for his own safety – because he cannot be trusted with keeping a new identity secret.

Venables and his friend Robert Thompson were ten when they were jailed for life after they abducted, tortured and murdered two-year-old James Bulger in 1993.

When they were released in 2001 amid a public outcry, they were given new identities to protect them from vigilantes.

But after Venables was jailed again last year, when he was caught with of stash of child pornography, it emerged the killer had already blown his own cover.

Officials have now ruled out giving him a second false identity – which costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds – on the grounds he would not be able to keep his real past hidden, sources have told the Mail.

The extraordinary development means that Venables will remain in prison for the foreseeable future for his own safety.

Denise Fergus, James’s mother, said: ‘In his twisted mind he believes the name Jon Venables makes him some kind of celebrity and he cannot resist telling people who he really is.

‘It seems he gets some kind of perverse thrill from it, and it’s clear he has no remorse about murdering my son.’ Read More