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James Bulger's mum says killer Jon Venables ‘doesn't deserve to see light of day again'

Callum Jones

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James Bulger's mum says killer Jon Venables ‘doesn't deserve to see light of day again'

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James Bulger's mum has said that her son's killer Jon Venables 'doesn't deserve to see the light of day'.

The two-year-old was abducted, tortured and killed by Robert Thompson and Jon Venables in a sickening attack in February 1993.

After being sentenced to indefinite detention, Venables and Thompson remained in custody until a parole decision in 2001 recommended their release on a lifelong license when they turned 18.

But Venables was sent back to prison in 2010 for breaching the conditions of his license, and was released on parole again in 2013.


However, in 2017, Venables was sent to prison once more after being found guilty of the possession of child sexual abuse images on his computer.

When asked whether Venables could be rehabilitated on ITV's This Morning, Bulger's mum, Denise Fergus, said that he had been 'given that chance twice'.

"No. He was given that chance twice since James was taken from me and he blew them chances so I think now that he should remain in prison.

"In the beginning I did say, if he’s done an adult prison sentence then I wouldn't have taken it as far as I have done. I would’ve been living a normal life now, but because they weren’t properly punished, I did say that one of them or both of them would go on to reoffend. And that’s exactly what he’s done.

"I believe that I am in touching distance now of getting justice for one of my son’s killers.

"I don’t ever want him to see the light of day again, I don’t think he deserves to see the light of day again."

Denise Fergus said that Jon Venables 'doesn't deserve to see light of day'. Credit: This Morning
Denise Fergus said that Jon Venables 'doesn't deserve to see light of day'. Credit: This Morning

Fergus also said that she is worried there may be another case like her son's if Venables is given parole at a hearing expected later this year.

She said: "I don’t trust him. If he gets out I know for a fact we’ll end up with another case like James’... through his own stupidity, he realised a photo of himself on social media, so he’s just going to be fearing his life, so I think what is he going to do again to get back into that prison where he feels safe again."

Since her son's tragic death, Fergus has spoken to many politicians, including Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.

Jon Venables' mugshot. Credit: Police
Jon Venables' mugshot. Credit: Police

Speaking about the conversation she had with the deputy prime minister, Fergus said: "I think he’s going to bring in new laws, and I’m sure he will carry it through. I trust him.

"When I was speaking to Dominic, he said something and I just froze in the moment… I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was a positive thing."

Fergus told the Mirror that under potential new plans, there will be a 'two strikes and you stay in prison' system.

She added: "That would apply to the three most serious types of criminals - paedophiles, child killers and terrorists.

"There would not be endless chances at rehabilitating anyone who had committed this type of crime."

Chairwoman of The James Bulger Memorial Trust, Kym Darby, added: "I think this will be part of his new bill, and I think there will be a category for prisoners and convicted people that are going to be not going to be given the opportunity if they offend again to be released, it’s all about that two strikes and you’re out situation…"

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Callum Jones
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