The grieving mother of James Bulger is facing a 'very worrying time' after her son's killer Jon Venables was granted a new parole hearing and could be
The grieving mother of James Bulger is facing a ‘very worrying time’ after her son’s killer Jon Venables was granted a new parole hearing and could be released from prison within weeks, according to reports.
Venables, 40, and Robert Thompson, 39, were both aged just 10 when they kidnapped, tortured and killed the innocent two-year-old boy before leaving his mutilated body by a railway line in Liverpool 30 years ago.
James’ mother Denise Fergus, 55, and father Ralph, 56, are understood to have written statements in a bid to prevent Venables being released. It’s believed Justice Secretary Alex Chalk is in agreement with the parents.
Denise is said to be ‘very worried’ about the potential outcome of the parole hearing – but is preparing herself for either decision.
A family friend told the Mirror: ‘Denise and her family are aware of the parole hearing and have prepared for it.
Denise Fergus, the grieving mother of James Bulger, is facing ‘a very worrying time’ as her son’s killer Jon Venables was granted a new parole hearing
Jamie Bulger’s killer Jon Venables (pictured in 1993, aged 10) could be released from prison within weeks
James (pictured) was brutally tortured and killed by the two ten-year-old boys. The crime made the boys the youngest killers in modern English history
‘It is a very worrying time for Denise. She is focused on making sure she sees justice done for James.’
Back in March, Denise previously campaigned against Venables’ bid for freedom, warning ‘He’ll kill a child again. Don’t let that happen to another family.’
She was then reportedly ‘deflated’ after a new parole hearing was planned, the newspaper reported.
James was snatched from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, on February 12 1993, when he was just a toddler.
Both attackers were released in 2001 on licence for life, but Venables has been recalled to prison twice, in 2010 and 2017, having found to be in possession of indecent images of children.
The child murderer has been told that his case will be heard in the coming weeks despite his fears that a law change would prevent him being freed, The Sun reported.
A source told The Sun: ‘Venables is buoyant as he believes this is his best, and possibly his last, chance of freedom.
‘He has got the official confirmation and has been working on his presentation to the parole panel.’
But a second source said it is ‘incredibly unlikely’ that the killer will be recommended for release, adding: ‘He’s a chaotic character who has clearly not rehabilitated.’
James Bulger (pictured) was tragically killed by Venables and Robert Thompson. They kidnapped, tortured and killed the two-year-old
Robert Thompson (pictured) was also jailed as a ten-year-old boy but he was released in 2001 and has not re-offended since
In a new autobiography this year, Denise revealed she has never been able to go back to the shopping centre where James was taken from her 30 years ago.
But she added that she now feels ‘stronger and braver’ – with a determination to campaign to help others in similar situations.
The Justice Secretary is set to get the power to stop repeat offenders being freed with a new bill early next year.
The Victims and Prisoners Bill will make public safety the sole priority in considering the release of repeat offenders.
Currently, the rights of inmates have more weight when making such decisions.
Venables was freed from prison aged 18 in 2001 and handed a new identity, but landed back in jail in 2010 and 2017 over child sex images. He was last denied parole in 2020.
James’ mother has previously been vocal about Venables not being released and has met Mr Chalk to voice those same concerns.
Denise has previously claimed former Justice Secretary Dominic Raab promised her his Reform Bill would keep her child’s killer in jail.
He added to her peace of mind when he told her Venables would not walk free again under his proposed new ‘two strikes and you stay in’ policy.
Speaking about the meeting with Mr Raab, Denise told the Mirror: ‘In that meeting I was hearing words I’d always wanted to hear.
A surveillance camera shows the abduction of two-year-old James Bulger from the Bootle Strand shopping mall on February 12 1993
‘His lips were moving, but I couldn’t hear it all because I never believed I would hear those words.
‘The words that under his plans, Venables would never walk free again.
‘I didn’t think this day would ever come. I froze.’
James’ brother Michael Fergus, 29, said earlier this year that even after three decades he will never forgive the killers, adding that Venables must be kept behind bars.
Mr Fergus was born eight months after the tragedy, and though he never got to meet his brother, he has grown up with the impacts of those events.
He told the Sunday Express: ‘My brother’s killers will never be forgiven. They took away my older brother who I never got to meet.’
He added: ‘They robbed me of my childhood, in a nutshell.’
Michael still lives close to his mother Denise, and her husband Stuart, in north west England.
Denise and James’ father Ralph divorced in 1995 as grief took its toll.
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