James Bulger's mum blasts 'vile psychopath' Jon Venables after he was jailed for second time over child abuse images

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Jon Venables (left), who murdered toddler James Bulger (right) has been jailed for a second time for possessing child abuse images (PA/Rex)

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has lashed out at his murderer Jon Venables, after he was jailed for a second time for possession of child sex abuse images.

Denise Fergus described Venables as a “vile psychopath” after discovering that he was once again back behind bars.

She told Sky News: “Venables has now proved beyond any doubt what a vile, perverted psychopath he has always been.”

Mrs Fergus added in a statement: “I hope finally I might get some justice for my son, James.

James’s mother Denise Fergus described Venables as a ‘vile psychopath’ (Rex)

She added: “I’m absolutely fuming that once again I’m last to know, that this has happened a week ago and I only got informed just hours before it’s hit the press…

“I predicted Venables would re-offend unless they kept a very tight rein on him and I pray that now, someone from the UK government will finally listen to me.”

Mrs Fergus said it was “clear that they were trying to keep this quiet, until they got a call from the media”.

She also tweeted: “Here we go again.”

Jon Venables has already been jailed for possessing child abuse images (PA)
Venables and Robert Thompson were convicted of torturing and murdering little James (Rex)

Venables, who along with Robert Thompson tortured and killed toddler James Bulger in 1993, was arrested last week.

Officials are said to have found indecent material on a computer during a routine check at his home and the BBC confirmed that Venables was back behind bars.

The reported arrest follows an incident in 2010 when Venables was sent back to prison for downloading and distributing child sex abuse images.

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Now 35, Venables is subject to life-long licence conditions for his role in the murder of two-year-old James when he and Thompson were just 10 years old.

A source close to the investigation told The Sun: “It’s all about protecting the public.

“We have these systems so those who could be a risk to the public are picked up.

James Bulger was abducted and murdered in 1993 (Rex)
The two child killers were seen on CCTV walking off with James (Rex)


“That’s what happened here.”

After serving eight-year sentences for James’s murder, Venables and Thompson were granted life-long anonymity that saw them released under new identities in 2001.

Venables went on to offend again, including arrests for affray and possession of cocaine in 2008.

In 2010, he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to downloading images of child abuse.

Venables, who was reportedly given a second new identity after his first alias was revealed, was granted parole in 2013.

In response to his latest reported offending, a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individuals.”