Child killer Jon Venables could be freed 'any time now' - James Bulgers' father

Child killer Jon Venables could be free within weeks, the father of the toddler he killed says.

Ralph Bulger told he's concerned Venables could re-offend if he's let out into the community.

"Venables is up for parole any time now, and if it is granted he will be released into the community under a fake name and secret new identity," Bulger told

"He is a dangerous, predatory child abuser and killer, and I am terrified he will strike again and harm another child like my James."

Venables, along with friend Robert Thompson, snatched two-year-old James Bulger from a shopping centre in Merseyside in 1993.

The pair, both aged 10 at the time, tortured and killed the toddler. They were jailed for life but released with new identities in 2001.

Venables has been recalled to prison twice in 2010 and 2017 for possessing indecent images of children.

He will be halfway through his sentence in October and will reportedly dace a parole hearing at a date to be set by the UK Ministry of Justice.

Ralph Bulger said he should not have been released in 2013 and told he should not be released now.

"He has proven he will never be rehabilitated and will always remain a danger to children," he said.

"I don't believe he will stop until he has killed again. The parole board have the power to prevent him having the chance to harm young children again."

There were some rumours Venables would be released to live in New Zealand in June, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quashed them.

"I'm advised that Immigration NZ have not received anything official. Because of his existing convictions, he would need an exemption under [the Immigration Act]," she said.

"My advice would be: 'Don't bother applying.'"


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