James Bulger’s family to challenge killer Jon Venables anonymity order

Undated police handout photo of Jon Venables. PA/PA Wire
Undated police handout photo of Jon Venables. PA/PA Wire

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THE FAMILY of murdered toddler James Bulger are due to challenge a court order which allows killer Jon Venables to live under a cloak of anonymity.

A hearing is scheduled for today at the High Court in London before the most senior family judge in England and Wales.

It is understood the proceedings involve an application by members of the family to vary or discharge an injunction which ‘prevents identification of the person previously known as Jon Venables’.

Venables has been living anonymously since his release from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of two-year-old James 25 years ago.

James was murdered by 10-year-olds Venables and Robert Thompson after they snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993.

Both Venables and Thompson were later granted lifelong anonymity by a High Court judge.

Following release they have lived under new identities.

But Venables has since been convicted and sent back to jail over indecent images of children.

In February, he was jailed for three years and four months after admitting surfing the dark web for extreme child abuse images and possessing a ‘sickening’ paedophile manual.

He was charged after police found more than a thousand indecent images on his computer.

It was the second time he had been caught with such images and when he was arrested he told police he was plagued by ‘stupid urges’.

James’s mother Denise Fergus and father Ralph Bulger attended the Old Bailey when Venables was sentenced in February.