Actress Tina Malone Defends Sharing Photo Of Child-Killer Jon Venables
Actress Tina Malone, best known for playing Mimi in Shameless, has spoken out after it was revealed she's risked ending up in jail after sharing an alleged image of child-killer Jon Venables.
Fifty-five year old Tina, retweeted a photo which claimed to show the James Bulger killer as he looks now.
The killer was granted a life-long anonymity order when he was jailed for killing the toddler with his friend Robert Thompson. The order means that it is against the law for anyone to reveal the new identities or share adult photos of the killers.
Venables, now 35, is back in prison after being convicted of having child sex abuse images, he was also reported to have a 'paedophile manual' on his computer.
Yesterday, the Attorney General said it was reviewing Tina's case. If it did go to court the actress could face up to years behind bars.
However, speaking to the Daily Star she said she's more than ready to fight.
"The police are only doing their job," she told the paper. "And if they're going to caution me, arrest me, pull me in, or give me a slap on the wrist, I get that.
"But only as long as they take two million people in behind me.
"They'd better be going for the two million other people who have shared Venables' picture."
Tina, who is an ambassador The James Bulger Memorial Trust and is close friends with James' mum Denise Fergus and her husband, went on to say she doesn't believe the killer should be granted anonymity.
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"Here I am posting a picture of a self-confessed paedo child-killer who has built a manual on how to rape a baby, yet I'm the one being threatened and vilified and possibly going to prison.
"How can anyone tell me that he has been granted lifelong anonymity when he has gone on to repeat another two crimes, one even of the same ilk."
When asked about the risk of violent implications if Venables' new identity was revealed she said: "Well, you know what, do the crime, do the time."
Going on to say that if someone commits such a 'heinous crime' they don't deserve a second chance.
She added: "How do we not get rid of these people and wipe them from the earth?
"I'm a devout Christian, a devout Catholic, but the Bible says, 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth'."
She previously told the Daily Star she wasn't aware it was against the law, saying: "I didn't have a clue it was illegal.
"What are you going to do... prosecute me for posting a picture? I didn't realise."
Source: Daily Star
Featured Image Credit: PA