Killer of British toddler charged with child porn offences

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One of Britain's most notorious child murderers, who killed a two-year-old when aged just 10 himself, has been charged with downloading child pornography, it emerged Monday.

Jon Venables, now aged 27, was sent to a young offenders' institution with another boy after beating to death toddler James Bulger on a railway line in Liverpool, northwest England, in 1993.

Following a public outcry over the case which saw Venables and fellow killer Robert Thompson become hate figures in the media, he was released on licence and given a new identity in 2001.

He was recalled to prison in February after being charged with possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Venables is accused of downloading 57 indecent photographs of youngsters on to his computer between February 2009 and the same month this year.

He is also charged with distributing seven indecent images of children in February this year.

It was reported in March that Venables had reoffended but ministers refused to confirm the nature of the charges, saying doing so could prejudice a future trial.

Media can now report some details of the case after a judge at London's Central Criminal Court lifted some legal restrictions.


© 2010 AFP

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