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Twitter users face court case for posting James Bulger killer pics

Written on:February 26, 2024
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The AG’s contempt proceedings against Twitter users, for posting the Bulger killer pics, are the first instance of action against social media users

Britain’s Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, initiated contempt proceedings on Monday against Twitter users, who distributed the pictures of one of the infamous killers of 2-year-old James Bulger. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson are the two infamous killers in question, who had murdered James Bulger in 1993 after abducting him from a shopping centre in Liverpool. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson had slayed the toddler when they themselves were merely 10 years old. The murderous duo has not been witnessed in public since they were imprisoned for the murder of James Bulger.

When Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were discharged on parole in 2001, they were provided with clandestine new identities for their own security, as the public were appalled by the ghoulish murder of James Bulger. Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, of the High Court Family Division, had debarred publication of data, which could cause the divulgement of their new identities.

However, Jon Venables’ photos have emerged online recently on Twitter, which claim to show Jon Venables as he is currently, aged 30. The Attorney General has cautioned that the British child killer’s photos, whether they are genuine or bogus, constituted a crime punishable by a penalty of jail time.

The Attorney General’s office has released a statement, which expresses that Britain’s foremost lawyer has resolved to initiate contempt proceedings against a number of persons, who have been identified as having posted the British child killer’s online photos.

The Attorney General’s contempt proceedings, against the persons posting the ‘James Bulger killer’ photos, is believed to be the first instance of an action being launched against the users of social media.

In accordance with the Attorney General’s office, the anonymity order was meant to safeguard not only Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, but also those members of the public, who have been wrongly identified as being one of the two British child killers. The office remarked that some images claim to be of Jon Venables and some of Robert Thompson.

In 1993, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson kidnapped James Bulger and dragged him to a nearby railway track, where they pummeled him with bricks and an iron bar and left him for dead.

The British child killers were imprisoned for life but were paroled in 2001. In July 2010, however, Jon Venables was transported to prison again for downloading and circulating obscene images of children.

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