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The Laz Word...on Jon Venables

Larry Neild last saw him in the dock when he was reporting on the trial of the 10-year-old. Now, he says, James Bulger's killer may pay the ultimate price for blowing his own cover

Published on March 8th 2010.


The Laz Word...on Jon Venables

SHOULD Jon Venables be clapped in irons for ever, perhaps hung drawn and quartered, certainly left to rot in some dark, cockroach infested cell?

Deeds such as the one committed by Venables and Thompson are rare and that’s one of the reasons their names are etched into the consciousness of our society.

The last time I saw him, Venables was a youngster fidgeting with a hand-held computer game in the imposing wood-panelled court room at Preston Crown Court. All adult eyes were on him as he sat alongside co-accused Robert Thompson in a room crammed with bewigged lawyers and Q, social workers, press, parents (of both the accused and their victim, James Bulger) and the public.

I covered the trial from start to finish, filing acres of copy that filled the columns of the Echo. So harrowing was the evidence I couldn't bear to go back and re-read my own reports once they had been published. I still haven't, even to this day.

At the end of each day’s proceedings, people waited, outside the court building, to scream their fury as the white escorted van, with its blacked-out windows, left.

Teenage mums, rocking prams containing their own offspring. howled “Hang them!” as the van crept out of the building. It later emerged that the two 10-year-olds weren't even in it. It was a decoy and they left once the angry crowd had dispersed.

A Dutch journalist explained how, in her country, children, at such a young age, would never have stood trial.

But the brutal slaying of young James was always going to have a lifelong impact on the Bulger family, the families of the two accused and the ordinary folk who gave evidence: the people who had spoken to the trio, unaware of what was happening, on the route they took from Bootle Strand to the railway line in Walton on that cold day in February 1993. That people are haunted by the memories goes without saying.

Fast forward to 2010 and Venables is back behind bars. He’s apparently been going to Goodison Park to watch Everton, he’s allegedly been a regular at city bars, he is said to have told his friends who he really was, and he’s facing serious allegations.The media is hot on his tail. Both Venables and Thompson were given completely new identities as part of their so-called rehabilitation.

If the identities of either becomes common knowledge I have little doubt their lives will be in danger. Venables was stupid for if he headed back to Liverpool and even more stupid if he has indeed been involved in serious wrongdoing as an adult. If the worst happens and he is the victim of a revenge attack he has himself to blame.

Despite their young age at the time of the crime, we live in a society that finds it hard to forgive or forget. It is not that long ago that public hangings took place from gallows erected near to where the current TJ Hughes store stands. It was the edge of town and the swinging, lifeless bodies were a grim warning to all about the price people pay for becoming outlaws.

We live in a society based on a Christian ethos, which preaches compassion, understanding and forgiveness, yet there is little sign of any at the moment.

The saying time heals, does not extend to the likes of Venables and Thompson. Papal forgiveness would not make their paths in life any easier.

Would it heal if either or both were found dead up some dark alleyway? I doubt it.

I have little doubt Venables will be “outed” – and as soon as that happens he will forever be a marked man.

Deeds such as the one committed by Venables and Thompson are rare and that’s one of the reasons their names are etched into the consciousness of our society.When the two were released from their incarcerations they should have vowed to keep their heads low and not step out of line once, ever. It was a big ask, but sadly that was their only hope.

Venables, by his own hand, had blown his cover. There was never going to be an easy way to handle this situation and he now may well pay the ultimate price.

Note from the editor: Readers, as usual we have left our rants box open. Please consider your comments carefully before posting as Liverpool Confidential wishes to stay within the law, especially regarding the worldwide injunction on publication leading to the identification of the individuals involved. Thanks

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