Previous Jon Venables claims denied

From the Daily Mail: Claims that he was involved in a fight with a colleague and had a long-standing drink and drugs problem have been dismissed.

Privately, sources have described the reason for his recall as ‘shocking’, prompting speculation that Venables may have been violent towards a child or woman.

The reason is thought to be so serious that it is unlikely he will even be considered for release for at least a year.

The Daily Mail is denying claims from “private sources” that say Jon got into a fight and has a drug problem. So why should we believe their own “private sources”?

This editorial and this article say a lot of the same things I’ve been thinking.

8 thoughts on “Previous Jon Venables claims denied

  1. emma l March 6, 2010 / 9:23 am

    It is all over the news today here in the UK that it is for a “serious sexual offence”. Very disturbing.
    I personally think that there is no way the public should be allowed to know these kind of details. I cannot imagine what purpose it would serve.

    • Meaghan March 7, 2010 / 4:30 am

      I am thinking the same thing. And if the judge had kept the boys’ identities secret at the time of the trial (something that is customary for juvenile offenses), we would not be having this big controversy now.

  2. Jennie {in Wonderland} March 6, 2010 / 12:34 pm

    I think the reason Jamie Bulger’s Mum thinks the details should be aired is that the ban was only to protect him as a child. Now that he has committed an offense as an adult, justice should be ‘seen’ to be done. Not to mention the £250,000 bill the British taxpayer is going to be stuck with in order to provide Mr. Venables a new identity once he gets out of jail this time. Keep in mind they will have to do this AGAIN if he goes back to jail for a third time in the future, and so on and so on.

    The whole case really sickens me. It smacks of protecting the criminal, with no regard to the victim. Jamie Bulger was an innocent little toddler and he was killed in such a horrific way, by two boys who then went on to live in a ‘rehab’ facility that can only be described as a palace, and have never publicly expressed any remorse, regret or apology for what they did to Jamie.

    If it is ‘a serious sexual offense’ they are going to have a fight on their hands, as the victim could argue s/he was put into a dangerous situation by being around a convicted murderer whose identity was protected. Therefore s/he had no way of protecting themselves [no matter if it would have been possible to protect themselves].

    • Meaghan March 6, 2010 / 3:18 pm

      The ban had originally been just until they were 18, yes, but then it got extended to lifetime protection. I think I should point out that the boys really weren’t able to make any public comments at all, because of the ban and how it would risk revealing their new identities.

      • emma l March 8, 2010 / 5:47 pm

        Also he has not been convicted of any offence as an adult. If he is ever charged with any crime, in order to ensure he does not get off on a technicality it is essential that the press know as little as possible about him or anything he might be charged with. Because I will bet all the money I ever earned that his lawyers will cry ” unfair trial!!” before a jury has even been chosen! And that is not something worth even thinking about.
        I would be surprised if they have not seriously damaged any prosecution chances already with their wildly irresponsible coverage.

  3. Humbled_Observer March 6, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    this guy has been given waaay more chances in his pathetic life than he ever gave that little boy.
    he should never again have freedom.

    • Meaghan March 6, 2010 / 11:44 pm

      I’m glad it is not me that has to make such decisions.

      • emma l March 8, 2010 / 6:30 pm

        Me either.

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