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Bulger killer’s secret release

Published July 4, 2013 by misty534


JAMES Bulger’s enraged family hit out last night at a feared cover-up over his depraved killer Jon Venables being freed.

They claim a parole bid by the brute — released with a new identity but locked up again for having child abuse images — has been “shrouded in secrecy”.

Horrified dad Ralph Bulger, whose two-year-old was snatched and mercilessly tortured to death by Venables and a pal when the pair were just ten, branded it “shameful”.

Venables, now 30, was back on the streets after serving less than eight years for James’s murder when he was caught with the sick images on his computer — flouting the terms of his life licence.


Tragic … James Bulger was murdered by Venables and Thompson in 1993

He was caged for two years — and six weeks ago Ralph made an impassioned plea at a parole hearing not to let him out.

The shattered father, 46, has heard nothing since and fears his words fell on deaf ears — with the “sick, predatory child-killer” poised to walk free at any moment, if he has not done so already.

Pouring out his anguish to friends, Ralph said: “James’s family deserves a little more respect than this.

“We are the ones who have to live with his dreadful loss every day.

“Yet we are the very ones being kept in the dark about what is going on.

“It is outrageous. It terrifies me that this decision is going to go against us this time and Venables will be a free man once again.”

Officials did pledge to tip off the family if Venables gets out — but just 60 minutes before everyone else.

The explanation for that — when previous decisions on James’s killers have seen relatives get days’ notice — was to avoid a “media furore”.

Ralph said grimly: “If they were going to keep him in, then there wouldn’t be a so-called ‘media furore’.

“I can’t help but fear the worst — that he is set to be free, which is why everyone is trying to keep it hushed up to the last minute.

“The only reason there will be a media furore is if there is something for the public to be angry about.”

He insisted that James’s family deserved “a little more dignity than this”.

Ralph said: “We have a right to be properly informed and in plenty of time to respond before it is released into the public domain.

“The public also has a right to know what is going on and yet everything is shrouded in secrecy. This should not be a political issue.

“This is about whether or not my son’s murderer is released back into society under another false identity.

“I cannot help but be suspicious — and question what the Government has to hide.

“Six weeks is a long time for the parole board to deliver their decision. I’m terrified that it indicates plans are being made for his release.

“Even more terrifying is the thought that he may already have been released from jail and we just don’t know it yet.”

Venables and his pal Robert Thompson lured little James away from his mum at a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside — then killed him for kicks. The horror in 1993 chilled the nation. But the two young murderers went on to spend less than eight years in a local authority secure unit.

Despite objections from their victim’s family, the pair were controversially released in 2001 with fresh identities — and a blanket ban on them ever being pictured.

Venables was arrested again in 2010 for downloading 57 images of children being sexually abused. Some were as young as two — the same age as James when he was murdered. Twisted Venables was jailed by a judge at the Old Bailey for two years.

But he can be kept behind bars for longer if deemed a danger to the public by probation officials.

Ralph said: “My position has never altered. Neither Venables nor Thompson should ever have been released in the first place.

“Now that Venables is back behind bars where he belongs I want him to stay there.

“He is a sick and dangerous predatory child killer. No one will be safe if he is released.

“I can only pray now that my worst fears are wrong and that the public are kept safe from this evil murderer by keeping him in jail.” A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individual cases.”


20 years of beast’s life

Feb 1993: Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, ten, abduct and murder James Bulger, two.

Nov 1993: Venables and Thompson given life sentences.

March 1999: European Court of Human Rights ruled trying pair as adults was unfair.

Oct 2000: Lord Woolf cuts minimum term from ten to eight years.

June 2001: Venables and Thompson out after serving eight years.

Feb 2010: Venables is recalled to prison for breaching life licence.

July 2010: Venables gets two years for having 57 indecent images of children.

June 2011: Venables’ parole bid rejected.

May 2013: Second parole hearing is held.



By SARA PAYNE, Sun Justice Campaigner

THIS angers me so much. After all the heartache, keeping James’s family in the dark about what is happening to one of their son’s killers is simply wrong.

Why are the family not being told? Why has it taken the parole board six weeks to deliver its decision? It sounds like another part of a secret-keeping culture.

Legal chiefs want to avoid a “media furore” by keeping the decision secret but are causing further heartache for the victim’s family when these processes should be open and honest.

After all, it is the families of murder victims who matter most.

The Sun

Paedophile Leslie Hill gets early release from prison

Published June 27, 2013 by misty534

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A victim support charity has hit out at the early release of a convicted East Kilbride paedophile.

Depraved Leslie Hill served only two years and eight months of a four- year sentence.

Hill (51) was caged in October 2010 for sickening sex attacks on two young girls over several years at a house in The Murray. He was freed as a result of the heavily-criticised automatic release system.

The system was this week condemned by the founder of East Kilbride charity, the Sexual Assault Victims Initiative (SAVI), Annemarie Campbell.

Her daughter Nicole (23), who bravely gave up her right to anonymity, was raped by East Kilbride paedophile William Potter, when she was just 14-years-old.

She and her mum now counsel young sexual assault victims through SAVI.

Annemarie said: “For particularly young victims early release can severely increase a sense of injustice and result in major setbacks in their recovery. It can have the effect of making victims feel the fear they felt at the time. Sentencing in this type of crime is generally viewed as being too lenient.”

Last week it was revealed that the sentence of disgraced veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall is to be reviewed after a string of complaints that it was too lenient. Disgusted victims slammed the 15-month jail term Hall was handed after admitting 14 historical sex assaults on girls as young as nine.

The 83-year-old is likely to be free in seven-and-a-half months after he serves half the sentence.

Annmarie added: “This high profile case saw around one month given for each victim and the judge describing the crimes as being relatively minor. No instance of abuse or sexual assault of a child is minor and sentencing needs to reflect this. Early release of such offenders still has to be addressed with particular emphasis on the repercussions of such releases on victims and their recovery.”

A spokesman for Victim Support Scotland said the Scottish Government must act now to stop early release.

He said: “People find it very difficult to understand why if someone is given a specific sentence they do not serve that sentence. We know it is something which the Scottish Government is looking at and we hope the issue will be addressed.”

While Hill, who is the brother of comedian Craig Hill, was in prison the News had his sinister social networking site shut down after it was discovered to contain disturbing images of a model skeleton in suggestive poses with children.

A friend of the family of one of Hill’s victims contacted the News to say they were “angry” that he was out and feared he would return to the town.


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