Notorious British child killer admits child porn charges

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One of Britain's most notorious child murderers, who killed a two-year-old when he was aged just 10, pleaded guilty Friday to downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

Jon Venables, now 27, appeared at the Old Bailey court in London by video link from prison, where he has been held since being recalled in February.

Venables and fellow killer 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.

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.

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

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


© 2010 AFP

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