Bulger’s mother brands Venables ‘evil inside’

THE mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has said his killer was “evil inside”.

Denise Fergus said she felt “physically sick” after hearing Venables admit child pornography offences at the Old Bailey last Friday.

Venables was jailed for two years after serving seven years of a life sentence for killing two-year-old James with accomplice Robert Thompson in 1993. He was released on licence in 2001 when he reached 18.

Fergus, from Liverpool, said she was horrified that he had been living in nearby Cheshire since his release, under the new identity provided when he was released. The location was allowed to be reported only after last week’s hearing when a court order protecting his identity was amended.

Talking to ITV Granada, Fergus said: “I could have walked past him. I don’t know because I’ve been told nothing about him. This is why it is important for me to know what they look like.”

Hearing him admit to downloading pornography featuring young girls was “gut-wrenching”. She added: “It shows you how sick he is. He hasn’t been rehabilitated.”

“The evil is in him. I wouldn’t trust that man with a doll. He’s just a vile excuse of a human being,” she said.

Fergus claimed Thompson had also had “hiccups” since his release but had been slapped on the wrist and put back on the right track. She demanded a meeting with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke to discuss her concerns.

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