Twitter Users Publish Image of James Bulger Killer Jon Venables
By Dominic Gover | February 14, 2013 10:05 PM EST
Police have opened an investigation after a picture of Jon Venables, one of toddler James Bulger's killers, was published on Twitter.
The image was retweeted hundreds of times by users, flouting a court ban on material which could identify the 30-year-old.
The banned image showed two images of Venables at the time of his arrest for the 1993 side-by-side with two images of a man who is reportedly Venables today.
Twitter users threatened Venables, some of them demanding that he be lynched when he is released from prison.
The Attorney General's Office refused to say whether the newly tweeted image was Venables or not. It is also unknown which police force is investigating the image.
Those who published it risk being found guilty of contempt of court, a serious common law offence which carries the possibility of a prison sentence or steep fines.
An Attorney General spokesman said: "The Attorney General's Office has been alerted to a possible contempt of court. We are liaising with the Ministry of Justice and others to establish the facts.
"We can neither confirm nor deny whether the pictures in question are of Jon Venables.
"It should be noted, there is a worldwide injunction in place which prevents the publication of any images or information purporting to identify anyone as Jon Venables."
The image of Venables surfaced within days of the 20th anniversary of James Bulger's death.
Venables and accomplice Robert Thompson were released from prison in 2001, eight years after being convicted for killing the toddler after abducting him from the Strand shopping centre in Liverpool.
Venables' parole was revoked in 2010 for downloading and distributing images of children. He was recalled to prison after reportedly blowing his own cover by revealing who he was, despite receiving a new identity from authorities.
The lawyer who first represented Venables following his arrest for killing James, spoke recently of his disbelief that he was capable of the killing.
Laurence Lee told the Dail Mail: "He was like an angelic-looking eight-year-old. I thought, 'What am I doing here? He couldn't be capable of anything like this.
"He was so convincing in his first interview that he had been nowhere near the Strand. I believed him."
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Kendall Jenner Could Be Next Victoria's Secret Angel [PHOTOS]
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
- Taylor Swift Named People's Best Dressed Stars Of 2014 [PHOTOS]
- Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Kate Middleton Pregnancy:Camilla And Princess Eugenie Reportedly Jealous, Claimed Duchess Only Good At Making Babies
- Pregnant Kate Middleton Wants To Have A Big Family With ‘Five Children’ At Anmer Hall Residence- Reports
- ISIS European Teen Jihadists Allegedly Pregnant; New Zealand Silent On Kiwi Jihadist's Request To Return Home
- New Zealand Scientists Dissect Well-Preserved Female Colossal Squid [VIDEO]
- This Model Thinks She Is A Bombshell After Plastic Surgery Costing £30,000 Makes Her Look Like A Sex Toy
- iOS 8 Release Date Of Sept 17 Has Arrived: Update Begins At 10AM Pacific Time, Upgrade Your iDevices With iOS 7.1.2 First To Install iOS 8
- Google Nexus 6 Release Date on Q4 2014 Confirmed by T-Mobile Featuring Wi-Fi Calling
- Why Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Not The Best Smartphone To Purchase Now? If You Still Want To, Wait For A Month To Get It Cheap
- Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 October Release Date Roundup: Freshly Leaked Protective Case Debuts Unique Vent Alongside Camera
- Canadian IS Jihadist Wants to ‘Play Soccer’ with Heads of US Decapitated Soldiers
- Warning to U.S. – ISIS Has Shot Down a Syrian Regime Fighter Jet
- Spice Dream Uno vs Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Android One Smartphone to Challenge The Existing Budget Friendly Smartphone