James Bulger's killer Jon Venables could be moved to Canada, Australia or New Zealand on taxpayers' money to protect his identity
A source reportedly said 'Venables is costing a fortune. The thinking is that it would be cheaper to get rid of him abroad than keep forking out'
Child murderer Jon Venables is reportedly being sent away from the UK. According to the Daily Star, officials are tired of investing money into keeping his identity a secret. They plan to send him away on taxpayer money to start over a new life and the most likely places include Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
After Venables' multiple identities were unmasked by members of the public, this is reportedly being seen as a solution. He has also been in trouble with law enforcement regarding child pornography charges. A source told the publication, "Venables is costing a fortune. The thinking is that it would be cheaper to get rid of him abroad than keep forking out."
Venables was 10 years old when he and Robert Thompson, also 10, brutally tortured, beat up and killed a two-year-old child named James Bulger. The duo had snatched the child from his mother, when she had turned away from him temporarily at a shopping center in Bootle, England. His mutilated body was found 2.5 miles (4 km) away in Walton, Liverpool, two days after his abduction. The two were charged on February 20, 1993, with Bulger's abduction and murder and became the youngest convicted murderers in modern British history.
He came out of prison in 2001 after a board decided that they should be released on life licenses since they were 18 years old. Thompson fell off the grid, but Venables has been in and out of prison since. In November 2017, Venables was again sent to prison for possessing child abuse images on his computer. He pleaded guilty to having more than 1,000 pictures and also admitted via video link to having a child abuse manual in February 2018.
As we had previously reported, Venables cost the public more than $400,000 in court cases alone. Venables is currently serving his second jail term in this decade for child sex offenses.