I think about James every day, killer tells court

IN a statement released after he was sentenced, killer Jon Venables said he thought of the murder of toddler James Bulger every day and was “genuinely ashamed” for his latest crimes.

Speaking after the hearing over downloading and distributing child pornography, Venables’ solicitor, John Gibson, said his client was “extremely remorseful” and knows he has let down everyone who has tried to help him.

The solicitor added: “He has said every day since what took place in 1993 he has thought about how different life might have been for all those affected, who he appreciates have had their own reasons for reflection.”

Venables said he will turn his life around and “never go back” after being released at the end of his latest sentence.

Gibson said Venables realised those with whom he has made friends over the eight years under his new identity will be “hurt and angry”.

He said Venables felt like a “canary down a mine” after being released and returning to prison was “something of a relief”.

The solicitor said the killer apologised to his family who, “despite their obvious and justified disappointment in him” continue to support him.

“Jon Venables knows there are real victims to these crimes.

!He extends his sincere apologies to those children who have been exploited and abused.”

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