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John Venables ‘Sex Crime’ As Jack Straw Forced To Meet James Bulger’s Mum Denise Fergus

by | 6th, March 2010

IN a totally unprecedented move Justice Secretary Jack Straw is to meet James Bulger’s mother Denise Fergus, following the recall to custody of one of the toddler’s killers, Jon Venables, the Ministry of Justice said early this morning, writes AGW .

The UK’s highest legal Cabinet member is being forced into a meeting most would dearly love to avoid. He has to try and explain to a still grieving mum why her child’s killer deserves to stay anonymous and hidden within a protection programme. That State-funded protection is to stay in place after the murderer has been accused of breaching his life licence conditions.

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STRAW, who represents the the Lancashire town of Blackburn, has agreed to meet Denise Fergus following the arrest last week of one of the toddler’s killers, Jon Venables, it was revealed early today.

Hot on the heels of that came The Sun’s sex crime allegation published in the last edition of the morning run. Enraged Ministry of Justice and Treasury legal eagles tried to halt the publication the Sun says.

If true, it represents a monumental failure in monitoring the life licence system. It also explains the difficulties the alleged offence creates. Is a trial necessary or does the Parole Board re-activate the life sentence? Since we do not know the man’s name it is difficult to be accused of conduct prejudicial to any trial.

The Sun said:

“Treasury solicitors acting on behalf of the Government’s top legal adviser, the Attorney General, demanded we withhold any information about Venables’ alleged offence.

“They argued that publishing full details of it would lead to his identification and potentially prejudice any criminal trial.”

Venables reportedly made several trips to Liverpool the city where he murdered the toddler, since being released, despite a ban on him doing so.

Mr Straw was expected to meet Denise Fergus soon. Despite the breaking news it will be difficult for him to renege on that agreement to meet. The attempt to justify his stance on a State funded multi-thousand pounds protection programme for a convicted killer in comparison to the indifference shown to the victim’s family will not be well-received.

James Bulger Case in pictures

Straw is a consummate politician and lawyer and is unlikely to give Mrs Fergus any satisfactory answers to her concerns. He is tied by his own Justice Ministry’s actions. He also happens to be Britain’s supreme lawyer as the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, the first ever not to sit in the House of Lords, and technically outranks the Prime Minister.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:

“The Justice Secretary has received a request to meet with Mrs Fergus. He plans to make arrangements to do so.”

The Press Association’s report through the night seemed be caught the tabloid feeding frenzy on the case and uses the unsubstantiated: “It i s said to claim Venables, 27, has visited nightclubs and a pop concert in Liverpool and even watched Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park.

James Bulger Case in pictures

After being released on licence and with a new identity in 2001, Venables was ordered not to return to Merseyside, among other conditions

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