One of James Bulger’s murderers is said to be preparing for a new life in either Canada, Australia or New Zealand at the expense of taxpayers.
Jon Venables, now 36, has caused a headache for the British government, with the costs and complications of creating new identities to keep the child killer safe, quickly rising. Several new identities had been created for Venables since he was released from prison.
Daily Star was told that “Venables is costing a fortune. They [sic] thinking is that it would be cheaper to get rid of him abroad than keep forking out.”
It has been revealed that Venables’ anonymity has so far cost in excess of £65,000, with government lawyers and legal aid fees set to amount to more.
Venables has been given many new names and addresses but is continually outed by members of the public. He is currently fighting a legal battle with James Bulger’s father, to overturn his lifelong anonymity.
Venables was convicted in 1993 of snatching three-year-old Bulger from a shopping centre in Liverpool. Venables was 10 when he tortured and murdered the little boy with accomplice Robert Thompson.
Since Venables initial release from prison, he has been jailed twice more for possession of paedophile manuals and child abuse images. It is unknown where and what happened to Thompson.