Prisoner claims he killed Bulger

PRISON bosses yesterday said they would review security for a prisoner after he reportedly claimed he was the killer of English child Jamie Bulger.

The Prison Service said it was “absolutely certain” Sean Walsh was not Robert Thompson, who in 1993 murdered Bulger along with Jon Venables.

Walsh, aged 25, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment this week for a vicious attack on his girlfriend in November 2004.

It was reported yesterday that Walsh had claimed he was Thompson and that this was being investigated by gardaí and prison officers.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said these claims first surfaced a year ago when Walsh was held on remand.

“We checked it out with An Garda Síochána and they told us no it was not him,” said the spokesman.

“We made our own checks and we’re satisfied he’s not the individual being mentioned.”

He said the reports created a serious security issue.

“It becomes a protection issue. He will have to be watched very carefully, some prisoners wouldn’t take too kindly to what he’s claiming he’s done.”

He said that anyone in for an offence involving children automatically receives protection.

“We have alerted the governor and take appropriate steps to make sure he’s protected.”

He said if necessary, they would move him out of Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison.

“At the present moment we see no reason to move him out of Wheatfield. There’s secure custody there, single cell occupancy, but if we felt threats were being made we would consider moving him.”

Walsh, of O’Loughlin Court, Kilkenny, stabbed his pregnant girlfriend several times and slashed her throat with a knife before attempting to suffocate her.

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