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Jon Venables Saved By The Nanny State

by | 9th, March 2010

IT has taken Jon Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers, almost 18 years but he has finally brought the British judicial system to its knees, writes AGW.

Top politicians and judicial Law Lords seem to dither while faced with an increasing media storm.

It has been the equivalent of watching a nanny give a pyromaniac child a big box of matches. The situation gets worse.

James Bulger Case in pictures

Venables was 10-years-old when he and Robert Thompson, also 10, killed two-year-old James Bulger in a viciously cruel attack. The murder horrified the UK and the two and a half week trial at Preston Crown Court resulted in the the conviction of two children for murder. Thompson and Venables were the youngest individuals to be convicted of murder in the UK.

On their release Judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss who had conducted the public inquiry in the Cleveland Child abuse scandal during 1987, granted them life-long anonymity.

Yesterday in the House of Lords Baroness Butler-Sloss, left, backed her decision.

Justice Secretary, Jack Straw had already refused, in the House of Commons, to give in to demands to reveal reasons for Venables recall to prison.

Baroness Butler-Sloss said:

“The enormous importance of protecting his anonymity now, and if he is [again] released, because those who wanted to kill him in 2001 are likely to be out there now.”

Meanwhile. James Bulger’s mother threw Jack Straw, who has said he will meet her, a lifeline by saying she was “prepared to wait a bit longer” for details to prevent jeopardising any future court case.

All along this Venables and Thompson sentence and subsequent protection has been an increasingly weird and disastrous catalogue of system failures.

James Bulger Case in pictures

Leading the campaign, well in front and demanding more information, has been The Sun. It has done a good job of digging and has consistently been the first with the news.

There is history: In 1994 The Sun newspaper had given the then Tory Home Secretary Michael Howard a 280,000 signatures petition to increase the time spent by both boys in custody.

The Sun won and in July 1994 Howard announced the boys would be kept in custody for a minimum of fifteen years. They would not be considered for release until February 2008. They would have been 25-years-old before being considered for release and would have been transferred from secure children’s units to adult prisons.

The Law Lords were appalled and Lord Donaldson slammed the political intervention, describing it as “institutionalised vengeance“. The increased minimum term was overturned in 1997 by the House of Lords, who ruled that it was “unlawful” for the Home Secretary to decide on minimum sentences for offenders aged under 18.

Since then sentence tariffs have been removed from politicians and put back to the courts. The trial judge has the biggest responsibility.

It is days since Venables’ life licence was revoked. No-one has yet announced why that was done.

James Bulger Case in pictures

Sex, drugs, violence, child pornography and once a murderer always a thoroughly rotten bastard have all been thrown in the media ring.

Still the top Law Officer in Britain, Justice Secretary Jack Straw can not or will not say if Venables is to be charged and face trial. We have no idea who this man now is and if he would be charged and tried under his new or old name.

The other option is to simply allow the already convened Parole Board to revoke his life-licence and incarcerate him until he is considered fit for release once again. That would be a decision handed down by three or four people headed by a judge. No trial, just swept under the jail’s welcome mat.

From the very beginning of this the secrecy has been a concern and yet again it has to be stressed that once secrecy is applied and important matters of law are adjudged behind locked court doors the only end result is State tyranny.

This is not a matter of Terrorism or State security, it is about dealing with alleged criminal activity and there can be no allowable security blanket for crime whether sexual, violent or financial.

It is time to stop pussy-footing around and either charge the man, in which case already well-established rules of Contempt of Court will begin to apply, or announce what the findings of the Parole hearing are. It is not beyond the wit of any Justice Secretary to have that Parole Board hearing TODAY.

The Story so far:

Jon Venables: The Rapist, The Porn And The Parents

James Bulger Case in pictures

Life’s Been Hell For Jon Venables, James Bulger’s Killer Accused Of Possessing Child Porn

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

James Bulger And Jon Venables: The Killer Worked As A Bouncer

James Bulger And Jon Venables: The Killer Is Identified

Jon Venables’ Girlfriend, A ‘Stabbing’ And A Politically Incorrect Jack Straw

James Bulger: This IS Jon Venables

James Bulger’s Killer Jon Venables: Pictures And Sickening Detail




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