On Twitter, rumours have emerged that killer Jon Venables has died. However, this is not true.
News profile @PoliticsForAll confirmed on Wednesday night (October 6th) that: “Child killer Jon Venables has NOT been murdered.”
This came after the Ministry of Justice told Daily Star News reporter Adam Solomon that rumours persisting online were “nonsense”.
So, who is Jon Venables? And where did the rumours start? Let’s explore the Twitter hoax.
Who is Jon Venables?
Jon Venables is a 39-year-old man who was found guilty of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger in 1993, when he was just 10-years-old.
The child killer abducted the baby from a shopping centre in Merseyside along with his friend Robert Thompson before killing him and dumping his body next to a railway track.
Jon and Robert are the youngest people to be jailed for murder in over 250 years, and the 1993 murder case sent shock through Britain.
Twitter hoax says he’s dead
This week, fake rumours began emerging that Jon Venables had died.
The hoax claimed that he had been murdered in Port Talbot in Wales and his eyes had bene gauged out.
One person wrote: “Rumours Jon Venables has been murdered. If this is true, justice has been served.”
“Allegedly Jon Venables has been murdered,” said another.
However, the now 39-year-old has not been killed and it was all just fake news fuelled by Twitter users.
Where is Jon Venables now?
In 2021, Jon Venables is currently in a maximum Category A jail that has not been disclosed after he was caught with child abuse images.
Since being convicted of the murder of James Bulger, Jon has been in and out of prison on many occasions.
Following the guilty verdict when he was ten years old, he was held in a secure children’s unit in St Helens, Merseyside for eight years before being released and granted lifelong anonymity.
This meant that he was given a new name and identity and freed to live a normal life.
However, in 2010 he was sent back to jail after downloading and distributing indecent images of children before being released three years later in 2013.
In 2017, he was recalled back to prison after being caught with child abuse images again, and was jailed for 40 months in 2018 after admitting to possessing over 1,000 indecent images.
Then, in 2020, he made a bid for parole, but was not approved.
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