Child killer Jon Venables ‘to be sent abroad for new life at tax payer expense

One of the boys who murdered James Bulger is believed to be preparing for life in either Canada, Australia or New Zealand at the taxpayers’ expense.

The cost and complications of creating new identities for Jon Venables is said to be a major factor in the decision to let him start a new life abroad.

Venables is now 36 and has had several different identities since being convicted in 1993 when he was 10.

It is believed he is given a new name and address every time he is outed by members of the public.

A source told the Daily Star: ‘Venables is costing a fortune. They thinking is that it would be cheaper to get rid of him abroad than keep forking out.’

Last month it was revealed it had cost more than £65,000 to keep Venables’ latest identity a secret.

His lawyers received £8,100 and government lawyers received close to £57,300.

James Bulger’s father Ralph has fought to overturn Venables’ lifelong anonymity after he and Robert Thompson snatched the three-year-old from a shopping centre in Liverpool and murdered him.

Thompson has never been heard of again, but Venables has been jailed twice for owning child abuse images and a paedophile manual.

In March, judge Sir Andrew McFarlane upheld the injunction, telling Mr Bulger the anonymity order was intended to protect Venables from ‘being put to death’.

The judge said: ‘(Venables) is “uniquely notorious” and there is a strong possibility, if not a probability, that if his identity were known he would be pursued resulting in grave and possibly fatal consequences.

‘This is, therefore, a wholly exceptional case and the evidence in 2019 is more than sufficient to sustain the conclusion that there continues to be a real risk of very substantial harm to (Venables).’

Anyone who breaches the wide-ranging injunction faces prosecution for contempt of court.

Speaking outside court after the ruling, solicitor advocate Robin Makin, for the Bulger family, said: ‘The authorities seem to be hell-bent on protecting JV regardless of the risk to others and this has been a primary driving force behind Ralph and Jimmy’s application.’

Venables has been living anonymously under a new identity since his release from prison for killing James but has since been twice convicted of having child abuse images in 2010 and again in 2018.