Tuesday it was the 20th Anniversary of the murder of two-year-old James Bulger. This murder shocked the nation and still has the power to do so. The details of how James was taken, almost from under his mother's nose, walked away and then beaten to death are shocking. They were all the more shocking as they were committed by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.
The crime happened on February 12, 1993, and the two boys received life sentences. They were both released on parole in 2001. Feelings still ran high against the boys and the decision to release them was widely condemned. The fact that they were children, when they committed their heinous crime, was their only saving grace.
In 2010 Jon Venables had his parole licence revoked. He received a jail sentence. He had been caught downloading and distributing indecent images of children. He is now making a new bid for release.
This time Denise Fergus the mother of James will address the parole board. On Tuesday she was reported in the Mirror as saying, "Don't release Jon Venables-he was born evil"
Thursday Jon Venables has been in the UK news again
The only images in the media of Venables and Thompson were as children. A blanket ban on revealing any images or information about these two men is in force. A gagging injunction in place which reportedly prevents any publicity, anywhere in the world has been broken.
The Attorney General has launched an investigation after an image purporting to be of adult Jon Venables was shown online, we believe on twitter. A spokesman for the Attorney General Office (AGO) said he could not confirm or deny whether the pictures were of Venables, reports the BBC.
The images posted this week have now been removed from the Internet. It is claimed that they showed Venables, now a man, posing with others. Source BBC
Opinion Many people in the UK, either close to the Bulger family or strangers, feel justice has not been served in this case. If the adult identity of either boy is revealed it is not difficult to imagine what could happen. Vigilantes though do not always 'get their man'
Thoughts with the Bulger family as another anniversary passes. RIP James. Update Friday As you can see from the thread of comments below, we have received more information. According to the source images of the adult Venables were printed online, unintentionally, after Venables was arrested in 2010. The media source reporting at the time did not know that the images included Jon Venables. As Mike Ross points out a "world-wide" injunction against publication would not be workable.
We will update if we receive more information(Note information reported in good faith)