Evil James Bulger killer Jon Venables to launch bid for freedom within weeks

James Bulger's evil killer Jon Venables is allegedly to be making another bid for freedom, it has been claimed.

Venables and his friend Robert Thompson were 10 in 1993 when they killed defenceless James, aged two, after taking him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside.

The now 39-year-old Venables served eight years for his crimes before he was freed with lifelong anonymity, before he was jailed in 2010 for possessing child sex abuse images.

He was released three years later with another identity but was sent back to prison again in 2017 when police found 1,200 child sex abuse images on his laptop.

Now officials are arranging to refer him to the parole board once again, according to the Sun.

This could reportedly happen as early as April.

A source said to the Sun: "Venables spent three years in prison after his first recall before being freed.

"This time around he's already done four years.

"If he's complied with prison treatment programmes and continued to make progress, then he stands a strong chance of release.

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"And if the Parole Board rules he's safe to go free, then only the Justice Secretary can prevent it."

The views of psychiatrists and prison officers will be included in the evidence being compiled for the proceedings, the Sun reported.

The parole will likely be done in secrecy to protect Venables' latest identity.

The killer was last refused parole in September 2020.

James Bulger's father Ralph said that Venables should never be freed at the time.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: "How can anyone say this monster is safe to live among us ever again?"

Venables was sentenced to 40 months in prison in 2017 when he was caught with category A child sex abuse photos.

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The killer also admitted to having a "paedophile manual".

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Edis said: "The children depicted were often very young and vulnerable, there is discernible pain and distress suffered."

James Bulger was snatched from his mother in a Liverpool shopping centre by Venables and Robert Thompson, both aged 10, on February 12, 1993, before the pair brutally murdered him.

Ralph Bulger, father of James, lost a battle to overturn Venables' anonymity in 2019.

Judge Sir Andrew MacFarlane, who rejected the case, said that it was intended to protect him from "being put to death".

"(Venables) is 'uniquely notorious' and there is a strong possibility, if not probability, that if his identity were known he would be pursued resulting in grave and possibly fatal consequences," he said.

"This is, therefore, a wholly exceptional case and the evidence in 2019 is more than sufficient to sustain the conclusion that there continues to be a real risk of very substantial harm to (Venables)."

The Parole Board for England and Wales has been contacted for comment.

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