Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate
Jon Venables, one of the boys who murdered the infant James Bulger in 1993, has been attacked in prison, according to reports in the Daily Star.
Venables, now 35 years old, was reportedly attacked with boiling water and scalded by a fellow inmate who had worked out his true identity.
He has been living under a fake identity since his initial release from prison in 2001, and has found himself back inside on several occasions for violating the terms of his release and, most recently, on child pornography charges.
It was explicitly stated in Venables' release that he was not to travel to the Liverpool area, where he is from and where the crimes were committed, but it was revealed in the Liverpool Echo that he had attended concerts on Merseyside, as well as going to Everton matches.
He was also uncovered to have been arrested for cocaine possession and was in a relationship with an underage girl.
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The Star reports that the most recent attack on him occurred when he sussed out his true identity, and that prison officers were forced to intervene to separate the pair.
They claim that Venables later complained that guards did 'nothing at first' and 'didn't do enough' to help him once he had been assaulted.
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The Ministry of Justice, which runs prisons in the UK, told the Star that "incidents [like this] happen all the time in prison". It is known that many inside the prison system know of Venables' true identity and that further attacks are almost inevitable.
Venables is currently inside on child pornography offences, having been caught with 1,170 indecent images of children, including babies, and sentenced to just over three years in prison for his crimes in 2017.
It was previously reported that he had began a relationship with a woman while in prison and that the woman knew who he was, knew of his offences as a child and continued the relationship with him.
Furthermore, it is said that she is continuing to stand by him despite his current conviction.
"There is nothing to stop Venables dating, but when the relationship became serious officials had a duty to inform the woman about his past," a source told the Metro.
"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."
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