Jon Venables, killer of James Bulger, has been sentenced to prison again for having indecent images of children.
Venable pleaded guilty on January 31st to having more than 1,000 pictures and also to having a child abuse manual, leading to a 40 month prison sentence.
After being released on licence in 2001 following his 8 year prison sentence for the murder of 2 year old James Bulger, he returned to prison last November after he was caught with indecent pictures.
Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger, parents of Venables’ victim James Bulger, were present at the Old Bailey while he gave his most recent guilty pleas.
In 2008, Venables was arrested on suspicion of affray following a drunken brawl. He was given a formal warning by the probation service.
Later on in 2008, he was found with small amounts of Class A drugs, and was given a caution for the possession of cocaine.
‘Officers had discovered images of children aged mostly between 6 and 13 years of age’
In 2010, at the same court, he had pleaded guilty to charges of both downloading and distributing child pornography, leading to a 2 year jail sentence.
Venables’ computer had been seized in November of last year, prosecutor Louis Mably QC told the court.
Officers had discovered images of children aged mostly between 6 and 13 years of age, however some were younger than this. They also found a manual for paedophiles, which was aimed at teaching them how to ‘safely’ have sex with children.
On his way down to the police station, he could be heard by the court saying that he had ‘let people down’.
Venables said ‘This is my own fault, I have let people down again, I have had stupid urges, inquisitive. I’m not going to be seeing this for a lot of years,’. he continued .‘It’s not going to be a slap on the wrist for me’.
This comes after he and his friend Robert Thompson, tortured and murdered the two year old boy James Bulger in 1993, at the age of 10.
The pair were granted lifelong anonymity along with new identities when they were freed on licence.
A charity which tackles child sexual abuse images in the UK, The Internet Watch Foundation, said that Venables’ guilty plea showed just ‘how easily offenders can access this content and it is important to ensure that these illegal images and videos are deleted as soon as possible’
Susie Hargreaves, chief executive at The Internet Watch Foundation said ‘it’s vital to remember that every one of these images is of a real child and every time someone views that image the child is being revictimized again and again’.