John Venables will not walk free as James Bulger’s killer has parole bid denied | UK | News

December 13, 2023
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Twisted killer John Venables has had his parole bid denied and will spend at least another two years behind bars. Evil Venables  brutally tortured and killed little James Bulger, aged just two, in 1993.

The decision was reached after the board recognising the now 41-year-old is still a danger to society, after he was returned to prison twice since being released for James’ murder.

Venables could also spend even longer in jail if new plans to keep dangerous, reoffending criminals indefinitely are passed.

Today Kym Morris, a spokeswoman for James’ mum Denise Fergus, exclusively told the Mirror: “This is the day Denise has waited for years. The prospect of him coming out was terrifying as we knew he’d harm again. This is a day we celebrate and we thank the parole board for making the correct decision.”

The Parole Board said on Wednesday: “After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in custody and on licence, and the evidence presented in the dossier, the panel was not satisfied that release at this point would be safe for the protection of the public.

“It noted the risks as set out above, doubted Mr Venables’ ability to be open and honest with professionals, and concluded that there remained a need for him to address outstanding levels of risk, and to develop his relationship with his probation officer.”

The decision came after a series of delays and following a hearing held behind closed doors in mid-November.

Venables was jailed alongside Robert Thompson – when they were both aged 10 – after snatching James from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993.

Venables was released on licence in July 2001 and recalled to prison in February 2010 after indecent images of children were found on his computer.

He was again released in August 2013 and then called back in November 2017 for the same offence, with parole judges last considering his case in September 2020.

There is a long-standing legal order in place to protect the identities of Venables and Thompson because of their young age when they committed the murder.

This meant that the chairwoman of the Parole Board of England and Wales, Caroline Corby, chose not to hold his parole hearing in public, and that James’s family were not able to attend.



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