James Bulger killer Jon Venables ‘obsessed with porn and sexual violence’, report warns

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James Bulger killer Jon Venables has an “attraction to sexual violence” and “thinks about sex a lot”, a parole report warns.

The monster, who murdered toddler James in 1993 when aged just ten, was said to use “sex and pornography as a means of coping”.

An official Parole Board summary released today explains why Venables, who was jailed in 2018 for having indecent images of children, was not deemed safe to be released from jail.

The report noted he had displayed “positive behaviour” since being locked up, but felt a “lack of fulfilment in life” and had a “need for excitement”.

The report, which explains why he was denied parole last month, states Venables has landed a job in jail, as he lives a top secret life with a new identity among other cons.

The killer, now aged 38, was released on licence in 2001 after serving eight years for the murder of the two-year-old.

He was then recalled to prison in November 2017 when he was caught with the sickening images. He was jailed in 2018 and sentenced to 40 months and has remained locked up since.

This was the second time he was recalled to prison over child abuse images.

In 2010 he was put back behind bars for two years after admitting downloading and distributing them.

In September 2008, he was arrested on suspicion of affray after a drunken brawl.

At the time he got off with a formal warning from the probation service, for breaching the good behaviour terms of his licence.

And again in 2008, he was cautioned for possession of cocaine over a small quantity of the drug.

A month ago, the Parole Board refused to recommend Venables for release or to move him to an open jail.

In the new Parole Board summary, officials write: “The panel listed as risk factors those influences that made it more likely that Mr Venables would reoffend in the future.

“The risk factors identified at the time of his offending included his sexual interests and an attraction to sexual violence as well as other issues considered relevant but amenable to change.

“Risk factors identified in subsequent reviews include thinking about sex a lot, problems in maintaining relationships, concerns about self-awareness, and his ability to deal with stress.

“Mr Venables had also experienced difficulties relating to employment.

“Features leading up to his offending as an adult included a sense of dissatisfaction and lack of fulfilment in life, a need for excitement, and a tendency to turn to sex or pornography as a means of coping.”

Details of Venables whereabouts and identity are still subject to a strict gagging order which could see members of the public jailed if they were revealed.

The report describes how Venables has made some progress while in jail.

The convicted paedophile has been attending courses to address his “propensity for sexual offending” others designed to help make his thinking skills better.

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The report said Venables was “benefitting from ongoing psychological work” in prison and had taken part in programmes to “address decision making, better ways of thinking and a propensity for sexual offending.”

But it said “further risk-reduction work was necessary”.

The report described how his chances of reoffending were he to be released from jail could be cut by certain “protective factors”.

These include his “level of intelligence, making constructive use of his time, a capacity and motivation for self-reflection, and a supportive social network in the community”.

The report states: “Mr Venables was engaging positively in intensive interventions and these were likely to continue for several months, requiring a period of consolidation on completion.”

But the report makes clear the parole board was “not satisfied” Venables was “suitable” for release from prison.

The report concluded: “After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made whilst in custody and on licence, as well as the other evidence presented in the dossier, the panel was not satisfied that Mr Venables was suitable for re-release.

“Nor did the panel recommend to the Secretary of State that Mr Venables should be transferred to open prison.

“Given that key areas of risk remained subject to continuing interventions, the panel considered that Mr Venables was appropriately located in custody where outstanding levels of risk could be addressed.

“As required by law, he will be eligible for another parole review in due course.”

The parole experts cited there would need to be several “very strict limitations” on Venables.

His “contacts, movements and activities” would need to be limited.

This would be needed before he was allowed another chance to bid for released in two years’ from now.

The report also revealed Venables did not request release and, while a proposal for this was considered, the panel rejected it as not “robust enough”.

James Bulger was tortured and killed by the men formerly known as Venables and Robert Thompson – who were both aged 10 – after they snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993.

They were the youngest convicted murderers in Britain for 250 years.

Thompson and Venables were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001, to wide outcry among the public.

Earlier this year the Parole Board was asked to review his case when he became eligible, but the panel decided he should not be released.

Because the decision was made on paper without a hearing, prisoners are given 28 days to request one and, as a result, details of how the decision is reached are not published for a month.

Venables will be eligible for another parole review in two years.