James Bulger’s Dad Is Begging Authorities To Reveal Jon Venables’ Identity
Jon Venables was sentenced to 40 months in prison yesterday after authorities found child abuse material on the killer's laptop as well as a 'paedophile manual' which taught a reader how to 'safely' have sex with a child.
Campaigners called the sentence, handed down at the Old Bailey, grossly inadequate due to the perpetrator's criminal history.
He's been given three identities since being released from prison for the brutal murder of toddler James Bulger. Authorities have had to reissue new ones and move him around the UK to ensure no one from the public becomes a vigilante and enacts their own type of punishment on him.
But James Bulger's dad, Ralph, is at a loss as to why so much of the taxpayers' funds are being spent on keeping his identity secret.
Speaking to the Mirror, Mr Bulger said: "We've got to watch this sexual deviant. We know what he's capable of. He's just waiting for another victim. Let's make sure there's no more."
Yesterday's sentence was the second time Venables has been booked for having child abuse materials in his possession.
He was arrested in 2010 when his probation officer arrived at his flat and found the murderer trying to destroy his computer's hard drive. When they looked into the data, police found images of children as young as two years old being abused and raped.
Ralph's solicitor, Robin Makin, also told the Mirror: "We are immensely concerned about the danger that Jon Venables would pose if released again. Due to his innate nature, there has to be a fundamental reassessment of the [anonymity] order.
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"The authorities have not been able to manage him in the community.
"He's already reverted to committing further criminal offences and, rather ominously, where is this going to lead?"
Even Venables' former lawyer, who represented him in 1993 for the Bulger case, reckons he should be unmasked.
Laurence Lee told Good Morning Britain: "As far as anonymity is concerned I have every sympathy with the Bulger family and if I was in their shoes, I would be clamouring as loudly as they are for his anonymity.
"He has had his chances, he's committed two very serious sets of offences and anonymity has been wasted on him."
But it's not as if people haven't already tried to illegally reveal Venable's identity in the past. The Attorney General launched an investigation last year after his details were reportedly leaked on social media.
Two men were arrested in 2013 for uploading pictures onto Facebook and Twitter that claimed to be adult versions of Venables and his co-accused in the James Bulger case, Robert Thompson.
It's also illegal to upload a picture of a random person and claim it to be either Venables or Thompson as they can pose a 'very real risk of serious physical harm or death'.
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