Notorious British child killer jailed on child porn charges

23rd July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British court on Friday jailed one of country's most notorious murderers, who killed a two-year-old when he was aged just 10, for downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

Jon Venables, now 27, pleaded guilty to three charges in relation to child pornography at the Old Bailey court in London, appearing by video link from prison, where he has been held since being recalled in February.

Venables and Robert Thompson were given life sentences for the brutal murder of toddler James Bulger in 1993, but the pair were released on licence in 2001 and given secret new identities for their own safety.

The sadistic torture and murder of Bulger caused horror across Britain and fears about attacks on the two killers continue. Only the judge hearing the case Friday was able to see Venables give his video evidence.

After pleading guilty, the judge sentenced him to two years in jail.

Venables admitted downloading 57 pornographic pictures of children on to his computer between February 2009 and February 2010.

He also admitted distributing indecent photos of children in February this year and distributing 42 images in February 2008.

Bulger's mother, Denise Fergus, was in court to hear his guilty plea.

After the two killers were released a decade ago, nothing more was known about their new lives until police began investigating Venables.

The pictures were found on his computer by accident, after Venables himself alerted the authorities after fearing that his new identity has been compromised, the court heard.

He called a probation officer and was told to gather his belongings, and when the officer arrived he was trying to delete files from his computer and remove the hard drive.

Police examined the computer and found images involving children as young as two. There were also videos featuring young girls being raped and forced to perform oral sex.

The court heard that Venables had previously been arrested in September 2008 over a drunken street fight, and was cautioned for possession of cocaine later that year.


© 2010 AFP

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