Pic said to be of Bulger killer Jon Venables sparks probe
A photograph that might expose the new identity of James Bulger's killer has been posted on Twitter
A PICTURE said to be of Jon Venables (pictured above as a child) – one of the two 11-year-olds convicted and jailed for the 1993 murder of toddler James Bulger – as an adult has been posted on Twitter.
Police are investigating the publication of the picture which was uploaded on Tuesday, the 20th anniversary of the Kirkby two-year old's horrific murder. It shows a smiling, unshaven man identified as Venables "apparently at a birthday party", reports Sky News.
The picture has been re-tweeted at least 100 times and attracted comments – some of which have now been deleted - suggesting the convicted murderer might be "lynched by vigilante mobs" when he leaves prison.
Venables and his friend Robert Thompson were both convicted and jailed for Bulger's murder. Venables was given a new identity after being released from prison in 2001 and there is a worldwide ban on publishing any material that would identify him.
His parole was subsequently revoked and he was jailed again in 2010 for downloading and distributing dozens of indecent images of children. He is now making a new bid for release, says Sky.
The Daily Telegraph says the Attorney General's Office has refused to confirm or deny if the photograph posted on Twitter is of Venables. A spokesman said: "The Attorney General's Office has been alerted to a possible contempt of court. We are liaising with the Ministry of Justice and others to establish the facts."
Denise Fergus, the mother of James Bulger, told Sky News earlier this week that Venables was a "ticking time bomb" and should not be released.
In an article published on Tuesday, to mark the anniversary of Bulger's murder, The Independent said British society continued to be "haunted" by the "horrific murder" whose shameful legacy was a sense of "moral panic".