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Still alive Authorities dismiss rumours that evil child-killer Jon Venables was brutally murdered in prison

Another version of the rumour claimed he had his eyes gouged out then murdered at a party in Port Talbot in Wales

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Jon Venables at the time of the James Bulger murder

Jon Venables at the time of the James Bulger murder

Jon Venables at the time of the James Bulger murder

Rumours that evil child-killer Jon Venables has been brutally murdered in prison have been dismissed by authorities in the UK. 

It had been widely circulated online that the killer of tot James Bulger was attacked and killed by fellow inmates.

Another version of the rumour claimed he had his eyes gouged out then murdered at a party in Port Talbot in Wales.

However, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that no such attack has taken place and that Venables is in prison and alive.

The now 39-year-old abducted and then killed James along with friend Robert Thompson in Bootle, Merseyside back in 1993 when they were both 10-years-of-age.

Venables and Thompson became the youngest convicted murderers in Britain for 250 years when they were found guilty, with the judge at their trial in November of that year branding James' murder an act of "unparalleled evil and barbarity."

The killers were held in a secure children’s unit in St Helens, Merseyside, for eight years before being released under strict conditions in 2001.

They were both given new names and identities after serving their sentence for murder but Venables has been in and out of prison since the murder conviction, and was back behind bars in 2010 for downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

When officers arrived at his flat, Venables was attempting to remove or destroy the hard drive of his computer with a knife and tin opener.

The computer was taken away and 57 indecent images of children over a 12-month period were found.

In July 2010, Venables appeared at the Old Bailey via video link which was only visible to the judge.

He pleaded guilty to charges of downloading and distributing child sex images and was given a sentence of two years in prison.

Venables was given another new identity after a "serious security breach" which could not be reported for legal reasons.

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In September 2013, Venables was released from prison after a parole board approved the move two months before.

However, Venables was recalled to prison in November 2017 when he was caught with child abuse images once again.

The images included category A photos, the most serious type, and he also admitted having a “paedophile manual”.

During his hearing, the court heard that upon his arrest he told cops in the police car: "This is my own fault. I have let people down again.

"I have had urges, inquisitive. It won’t be a slap on the wrist for me.”

Venables, who appeared via a video link that only the judge could see, pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children for a second time and was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

Sentencing him to 40 months’ jail in 2018, Mr Justice Edis said: “The children depicted were often very young and vulnerable, there is discernible pain and distress suffered.”

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