Jon Venables Has A Secret Girlfriend Who Knows His Past
Jon Venables has a secret girlfriend who knows his real identity - that of a man who was convicted at just 10 for killing toddler James Bulger and has now received a new 40 month sentence for possessing child abuse images.
Officials are said to have warned the woman of Venables' past as their relationship became serious, and yet she stood by him - according to sources at the Sun on Sunday.
The unnamed partner was said to be home when police found nearly 1,200 images on Venables' laptop last November, and it is understood that she now plans to visit the 35-year-old in prison.
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The woman does not have children but is believed to have relatives of primary school age (5-11 years old). There is no indication that the 35-year-old Venables has had any unsupervised contact with the children.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: "There is nothing to stop Venables dating, but when the relationship became serious officials had a duty to inform the woman about his past."
"That included full disclosure about his criminal history, including his role in murdering James Bulger. She must be the only woman in the world who's blissfully happy to be dating the devil."
Venables was returned to jail this month after admitting possessing indecent images. This fresh conviction comes just five years after he was released from a two-year term for similar offences.
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It is unclear how he met the woman, who can't be named, but it's understood that Venables was introduced to her using a second new name given to him in 2013 after his last release from prison.
Probation officers have been monitoring Venables with routine weekly visits and they are believed to have asked him to disclose his real name and past to his partner - which he is now understood to have done.
Venables was convicted at the age of 10, along with Robert Thompson, of the murder of two-year-old toddler James Bulger in Merseyside in 1993.
The two older boys abducted and tortured poor James after his mother Denise Fergus let go of his hand to take her purse out while they were out shopping.
Venables was sentenced to life in prison and served eight years before being released on licence in 2001 with a new identity and a court order protecting his anonymity.
While it's unknown whether Venables' partner knew of his past before she moved in, the pair were together when Venables began trawling the dark web last July despite an Internet ban. There is no suggestion that she knew about his activities online.
Venables' partner was present when probation workers found a laptop hidden behind a headboard in Venables' bedroom containing 1,170 child abuse images and videos - including 392 photos in the worst category.
Venables also downloaded a 20-page 'paedophile's handbook' and later admitted to using the dark web "for quite some time".
After he was arrested, Venables appeared worried for his relationship, telling police: "This is my own fault. I've let people down again."
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