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Mother's plea over Bulger killer

James Bulger's mother wants to speak at her son's killers parole hearing Photo: PA Images

Almost twenty years after the murder of Liverpool toddler, James Bulger, his mother says she hopes personally to address a parole hearing for one of his killers, Jon Venables.

Denise Fergus will argue that Venables, who was just ten when he and classmate Robert Thompson abducted and murdered two-year-old James, is a psychopath who remains a danger to society.

Thompson and Venables were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001.

Venables, 30, had his parole revoked in 2010 and was jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

Now he has made a fresh application for release and the hearing is expected to take place in the coming months.

The mother-of-three is making a legal bid to ensure the Parole Board is given unseen evidence from the 1993 trial.

Mrs Fergus, 45, spoke of her hopes to address the parole panel via a video link:

"My message to them is don't release him, I think Venables is still a danger to the public."

Mrs Fergus, from Kirkby, Merseyside, believes there are indications that Venables is an "undiagnosed psychopath" who should be moved to a hospital unit.

"I have very serious concerns that the parole board's approach to Venables is fundamentally flawed," she added.

"He has proven this by offending after his first release, with all the things he had on his computer. He had indecent images of children who were as young as two.

"I'm not saying he should never be released, I don't believe that. But now is not the right time because he is a danger."

Venables and Thompson abducted James from the Bootle Strand shopping centre on Merseyside before torturing and killing him.

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