James Bulger's killer Jon Venables charged over possession of child abuse images
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James Bulger's killer Jon Venables charged over possession of child abuse images

JON VENABLES, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993, has been charged with possession of indecent images of children.

The Crown Prosecution Service have said that the 35-year-old, who was recalled to prison last November, will be tried in private.

The statement from the CPS read: “The man formerly known as Jon Venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and will appear in the Crown Court.

“In order that justice can be done, no further details are being released at this stage and the proceedings are subject to reporting restrictions.”

Both Venables and Robert Thompson abducted, tortured and killed two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993 when they were both aged 10.

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In 2001, the pair were released on license from secure children's homes - and granted lifelong anonymity with new identities - meaning they can be recalled at any time.

In September 2008, he was arrested on suspicion of affray after a drunken brawl and was given a formal warning by the probation service for breaching the good behavior terms of his license.

Later the same year he was cautioned for possession of cocaine after he was found with a small amount of the Class A drug.

And in 2010, Venables was sent back to jail for two years after pleading guilty to charges of downloading and distributing child pornography and breaching his parole conditions by visiting Merseyside.

He was released again in 2013 with a second new identity.

When news of the 35-year-old's latest arrest emerged last year, James's mother Denise Fergus said: "Venables has now proved beyond any doubt what a vile, perverted psychopath he has always been."

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CCTV footage of Bulger being led out of a Liverpool shopping centre by Venables and Thompson. (Picture: Merseyside Police)

It is the second time he has been recalled to prison over child abuse images.

In 2010, Venables was sent back to jail for two years after pleading guilty to charges of downloading and distributing child pornography.

In September 2008, he was arrested on suspicion of affray after a drunken brawl and was given a formal warning by the probation service for breaching the good behaviour terms of his licence.

Later the same year he was cautioned for possession of cocaine after he was found with a small amount of the class A drug.