Child murderer Jon Venables has demanded a series of cosmetic surgery operations as he has claimed that it is his ‘right’. Of course, the operations will be funded with taxpayers money, therefore has caused quite a controversial debate online.
In 1993, Jon and Robert Thompson abducted two-year-old Jamie Bulger and murdered the toddler when they were just 10 years old.
The pair were given a prison sentence for their crime, but were freed at the age of eighteen and given new identities to avoid being recognised in public. Since then, Jon been given two more identities after confessing to friends that he was in fact a murderer.
Venables was jailed for a second time in 2008 when he was discovered to have been hoarding inappropriate photographs of children on his computer. His prison sentence lasted two years.
In February 2018, Venables pleaded guilty again to owning more than 1000 indecent images of children and as a result, was sent to prison for 40 months.
Now aged 35, the criminal has asked for cosmetic procedures which will completely change his facial features with the aim of becoming completely unrecognisable. He believes that he is at risk of being attacked or even murdered by members of the public whilst out and about, therefore claims that it is his ‘right’ to protect himself.
A source connected to the prison told The Daily Star: “He thinks his only chance of ever leading a normal life is to have plastic surgery. Venables said he doesn’t care what or who he looks like or what it costs. He says it’s a necessity to stay alive and his right.”
“He says he is a dead man walking and is terrified once people discover who he is he will be killed. Venables knows that there are plenty of people who are willing to do a life sentence to have him dead.
“Being in jail is no protection either. He says he is just as at risk on the inside as he is in the outside world. They’ve told him he needs to socialise and be part of the prison community. Cons will just about accept anyone but not paedos and child killers. If they get a whiff of who he is, then he’s finished.”
It was also reported that Venables had been throwing threats around to prison staff, should he be refused whatever he demanded.
An insider stated: “He was one sick (person), running around saying ‘I’ll kill your kids, I’ve done it before’ if he did not get what he wanted. He would say all sorts of sick stuff and kick off to the staff. He was twisted. He will never stop.”
Venables is currently being housed in a special unit in prison, where he is constantly being watched and his behaviour assessed.
Tina Malone in trouble for sharing picture
Meanwhile, actress Tina Malone could be facing jail after publishing a photo online of Jon Venables after he was given a new identity.
Police are said to be on the case, after it was reported that she has broken a court injunction.
Talking to The Daily Star, the actress said: “I didn’t have a clue it was illegal. What are you going to do… prosecute me for posting a picture? I didn’t realise. I am not au fait with the law.”
The High Court stated that: “any information purporting to identify any person as having formerly been known as the Claimants; or any information purporting to describe the past present or future whereabouts, including alleged residential or work addresses and telephone numbers” is banned.
Malone has always been known to be close friends with victim Jamie Bulger’s mum, Denise Fergus and is also an ambassador for the Jamie Bulger Memorial Trust.
The anonymity of both Venables and fellow killer Thompson are funded by the taxpayer, therefore revealing their identities and even their whereabouts is said to be a criminal act. Malone could now be facing a jail sentence of up to two years for publishing the photo on her Twitter page.
A spokesperson told The Daily Mail: “When he was moved he was put in the wing. I don’t think he’ll be moving into the general population for a good long while. They’ll probably move him to another prison before they allow him in there. He’s not going to be safe in there, let’s face it.”
Steve Kuncewicz who specialises in social media law at law firm BLM said: “When Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were sentenced, the judge imposed a very rare, worldwide injunction to prevent anyone publishing anything that might reveal their new identities.
“People can get swept up in a discussion, share these messages and not fully realise they are committing an offence. But you don’t have to intend to break the law to do it.
“The worry is posting the images could cause someone to try and track the killers down. The whole idea of the law is to try and stop trial by media.
“Some people may think that if enough people share these images, that might stop the spotlight from being put on them, but that is not the case. The only thing that is needed is a printout showing this information has been shared, and that could become evidence in a courtroom. It leaves a permanent footprint. The old saying says ‘act in haste, repent at leisure’ and that couldn’t be truer in this case.
“Breaking the order could lead to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.”
Venables fiancee who cannot be named, is also scared for her safety after it was reported that she had been spat at in the street by members of the public. Despite Venables repetitive crimes and being fully aware of the murder of Jamie Bulger, she still plans on marrying him once he is set free from prison.
A source said: “Lots of people now know her identity and where she lives. She’s been shouted at in the street – one woman even spat at her. She’s hoping things die down but if they don’t, she’ll move.”