Jon Venables: Killer of James Bulger ‘granted parole hearing’

One of James Bulger’s killers, Jon Venables, reportedly received a parole hearing (Photos: PA)

Jon Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers, is trying to get himself released from prison again before a new law takes effect that could keep him locked up forever.

Now 40, the child killer has been granted a parole hearing, paving the way for him to be released from prison within weeks.

He is likely to appear before the heads of the Probation Board as early as next month, according to The Sun.

A source told the paper: ‘An oral hearing would mean Venables is one decision away from being released. James’ family is horrified at the prospect.

Attorney General Dominic Raab is said to be “looking very closely” at the case.

His Victims Bill would include a ‘two strikes and you’re in’ scheme, preventing dangerous repeat offenders from committing serious offenses while on probation.

Mr. Raab expects him to release Parliament by Easter.

Undated police photo of Jon Venables, one of the killers of baby James Bulger, who admitted to having more than 1,000 indecent pictures of children.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Date of issue: Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Venables, who was released on leave in 2001 after serving eight years for the murder of two-year-old James, pleaded guilty to four counts at an Old Bailey hearing in Wednesday.  See story PA COURT Bulger.  Photo credit should be: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This brochure photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporary illustration of events, things or people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.  Reusing the image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Venables was released on leave in 2001 after serving eight years for the murder of two-year-old James.

INLIMINARY CHANGE PLEASE READ NOTICE BOX BELOW.... POLICE SOURCE DISCLOSURE dated 2/20/93 from Robert Thompson.  Today, June 22, 2001, James Bulger's killers were paroled from the Probation Board, according to sources close to the case.  The board decided they should be released with lifetime licenses, the sources said.  The results of parole hearings held earlier this week for Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were confirmed later today by Home Secretary David Blunkett.  See the story PA LEGAL Bulger.  PA Photos...A...UK

Robert Thompson has not offended since his initial release (Photo: PA)

James Bulger, the 2-year-old boy who went missing in the Bootle area of ​​Liverpool.  02/02/01 The process that could decide the release of the killers of Baby James was privately underway.  * Lawyers for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both 18, were presenting their arguments ahead of a parole board hearing, held at a secret location believed to be somewhere in London, for the first time.  The killers were not at the preliminary hearing but were told of their outcome at separate secure accommodation centers in the north of England, where they have been since their convictions for the murder of James in 1993. The three-member parole board panel was listening today arguments, reviewing reports and dossiers, and discussing which witnesses are needed for the full hearing.  * 3/12/93 3 youths being interrogated.  4/5/93 Two 10 year olds plead not guilty to the kidnapping and murder of James.  10/31/93 Boys Go On Trial 11/24/93 Court Verdict 5/25/94 12/6/97 Home Secretary Michael Howard Increases Sentence To 15 Years Undated Library Archiver Of Murdered Child James Bulger , from Liverpool.  7/30/1996 - The killers of James Bulgers, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, were sentenced to life in prison indefinitely.  12/6/97: The House of Lords must decide whether former Home Secretary Michael Howard was right to increase the sentences of the two boys convicted of James's murder from eight to fifteen years.  6/3/98: Lawyers for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the two boys convicted of James' murder, are taking their case to the European Commission on Human Rights, claiming they didn't get a fair trial.  16/12/1999 - The European Court of Human Rights rules that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson had an unfair trial.  The judges ruled that the adult court environment and the intense publicity surrounding the trial had damaged the hearing and violated human rights released in three years.  She said the Bulger family would be

James was murdered after being kidnapped from a shopping center in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993 (Photo: PA)

Venables and Robert Thompson were 10 when they tortured and killed little James after kidnapping him from a shopping center in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993.

The duo – still the UK’s youngest convicted murderers in modern history – were sentenced to life in prison but released on leave under new identities in 2001.

Venables was sent back to prison in 2010 and 2017 for possessing indecent images of children.

He was denied parole in September 2020, but became eligible for further review in two years.

Prior to this earlier review, James’ mother Denise Fergus urged the Council to deny Venable’s early release and ‘finally admit that this man is a threat and a danger to society’.

She claimed he showed ‘no remorse or any sign of being rehabilitated’.

His father, Ralph Bulger, told The Mirror he could ‘be at peace’ after the decision, adding: ‘This is the first time the right decision has been made in relation to my son’s killers.

‘I’m so relieved because I was convinced he was leaving – just like he did before.’

Parole hearings – which decide whether criminals, including those serving life sentences and terrorists, should be released from prison or remain behind bars – have always been held in private prisons, with victims and other bystanders having limited access in rare cases. circumstances.

But under new rule changes that took effect last July, victims, the press and other interested parties can request that a case be reviewed in public in an attempt to remove the secrecy surrounding the process.

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