James Bulger killer sentenced for indecent images

Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for possessing images of children.

Appearing via video link at the Old Bailey, Venables pleaded guilty to possessing more than 1,000 indecent images of children earlier this morning and has since been sentenced.

Previously released on licence in 2001 after serving eight years in prison for the murder of the two-year-old, he was sent back to prison in November after he was caught with the pictures. Appearing via video link from custody during a hearing at the Old Bailey in London, he admitted to having indecent images of children and possessing a manual teaching how to have sex with children “safely”.

Prosecutor Louis Mably QC told the court:

“The manual is a disgusting and sickening document which falls far below any recognisable standard of morality.”

As he was being taken to a police station, the court heard that Venables admitted he had “let people down” and told officers he had “stupid urges”.

Mr Mably told the Old Bailey that Venables had software on his computer to browse the dark web and admitted downloading the material from there.
James parents, Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger, were in court to hear the proceedings.

It is the second time Venables has been caught with such images, having been jailed for two years in 2010 after admitting charges of downloading and distributing child pornography.

The court heard that a report had found that Venables was a “high risk of real harm to children” in the future.

Edward Fitzgerald QC on behalf of Venables said: “He has asked me to apologise to all those he has let down. He apologises to the family of James Bulger for the renewed distress he has caused by his renewed offending.”

He said that the “relapse” had been quickly detected, adding: “Jon Venables still has the capacity for good and a capacity to change.”

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