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Venables: I think of Bulger’s death every day

Killer now faces jail term for child porn.

Jon Venables, pictured on his arrest, aged 10, in 1993 for the death of Jamie Bulger..

JON VENABLES, one of two boys convicted of the murder of Jamie Bulger in 1993, has been sentenced to two years in jail for possession of child porn.

Venables, 27, admitted downloading and distributing indecent images of children. He appeared via video-link at the Old Bailey in London.

It was his first court appearance since being recalled to prison in February.

After the sentencing, a statement from Venables was read out in court in which he said he thought about Jamie Bulger’s death “every day” since 1993. He apologised for his actions.

The images were discovered on his computer after he had approached police, fearing his real identity had become known. The police told him to collect his belongings and prepare to move, but when an officer arrived, Venables was trying to delete files from his computer.

Venables and Robert Thompson were 10 years old when they abducted Bulger, 2, from a shopping centre in Liverpool, and murdered him.

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The case caused public outrage, and the pair were given new identities when they were released in 2001 after spending eight years in secure children’s homes.

Jon Venables is the first person with a protected identity to break the law after being released. The media is prohibited from publishing details about the location of persons with protected identities, or descriptions of what they look like now.

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