James Bulger’s mother fears Jon Venables ‘will offend again’

Jon Venables: Court rejects bid to identify James Bulger’s killer

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James Bulger’s mother has spoken out against her son’s killer’s bid for freedom, by saying it is possible he will offend again. Denise Fergus urged the parole board to reconsider the possibility of setting Jon Venables free.

Denise worries that Venables could reoffend, similarly to Gary Glitter, who was recently recalled to prison after serving half of a 16-year sentence for sexually abusing three girls.

Jon Venables is one of the two boys who abducted and killed young James in 1993 in Kirkby, Merseyside.

James would have turned 33 today.

Unafraid of coming face-to-face for the first time with her son’s killer in the parole hearing, Denise said the recent news about Gary Glitter being recalled to prison reinforced her fears.

She said Venables “will kill a child again”.

She said: “Seeing Gary Glitter, who is a prolific reoffender, slipping back into his old ways is frightening and just shows that people like him, and Venables in my opinion, never change.

“It is an example of why someone like Venables should never be let free.

“I just hope the Parole Board see what has happened with Glitter and realise that Venables would offend again too. It’s inevitable if he is freed.”

Denise, 54, added: “I’ve never seen Venables face to face. I have no desire to. But having to see him would not put me off going. I’m not scared of him.

“I was pretty deflated when I was told it was being readied but I’ve got it in my head it’s going to happen now.

“This hearing feels like D-Day in our justice for James. If his parole is blocked, I would be hopeful he would never see the light of day again.”

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to share a submission with the parole board imploring the killer not to be freed and is “looking very closely” at the case, reports claim.

The Justice Secretary’s Victims Bill would include a ‘two strikes and you’re in’ scheme, preventing dangerous repeat offenders committing serious offences while on parole from ever being let out.

Mr Raab hopes it will clear Parliament by Easter.

James’s mother addressed parole chiefs in an emotional victim impact statement prior to the hearing.

She told them: “If you let him free, you could be ruining the lives of another family like ours.

“When you look at Venables’ file just remember what he is capable of. He killed my son James, has reoffended time and time again and I have no doubt he would kill another child if he is released.

“He has clearly got evil still in him and if he is released, whoever has that final say, will have that on their heads when he inevitably goes on to commit another crime. Don’t let it happen.”

Jon Venables along with Robert Thompson both murdered young James when they were 10, making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern history.

The pair were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001.

Venables returned to prison back in 2010 and again in 2017 for the possession of indecent images of children.

In September 2020 he was denied parole but became eligible for a further review within two years.

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