Jailed Venables 'thinks of Bulger murder every day'

Convicted paedophile Jon Venables admitted he thinks of the murder of James Bulger “every day” as he began a two-year jail term today.

Convicted paedophile Jon Venables admitted he thinks of the murder of James Bulger “every day” as he began a two-year jail term today.

The 27-year-old apologised for viewing child abuse images and said he is “genuinely ashamed”.

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

Speaking after the hearing, solicitor John Gibson said Venables is “extremely remorseful” and knows he has “badly let down” everyone who has tried to help him.

He said: “He puts forward no excuse for his conduct. He is genuinely ashamed, but he has and continues to express his remorse, and has come to an understanding of how children are harmed by those who have even a passing interest in such material, let alone by those who pass it on.”

Speaking about the death of James, Mr Gibson said Venables has accepted responsibility and the consequences will be with him for life.

The solicitor added: “He has said that 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 also had their own reasons for reflection.”

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

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

Mr Gibson said the offences were committed at a time when Venables was drinking heavily and suffering from the pressure of his unusual situation.

He said it is to Venables’s credit that he has worked since his release, working anti-social hours and earning around the minimum wage.

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

He said Venables found the passage of time after he was released from prison did not blunt his “frustrations and unhappiness”.

Mr Gibson said: “He says that he appreciates there was no blueprint available to him, or those offering him support – he felt like a canary down a mine.

“The return to prison was something of a relief when it came. He intends to learn lessons to help him face this challenge again.

“Jon Venables knows that there are real victims to these crimes. Insofar as he can, he extends his sincere apologies to those children who have been exploited and abused.

“He accepts that a prison sentence is justified, and that once his time is served, his release is not, and cannot be, a formality or matter of routine.

“He is determined now, once and for all, to become the person he wishes to be so that when he is eventually released from prison, he will never go back.”

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