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Bulger Killer's Lawyer Says Anonymity Should Be Lifted

The former lawyer of one of James Bulger’s killers says he should be stripped of his anonymity after he admitted having more than 1,000 indecent images of children.

Laurence Lee represented a 10-year-old Jon Venables (pictured up top) after his arrest for the abduction and brutal murder of James, 2, in 1993.

Along with fellow murderer Robert Thompson (below), also 10 at the time, Venables was given a new identity and anonymity for life when he was freed in 2001.


Venables, now in his mid-30s, was sent back to jail for three years and four months after admitting having more than 1,000 indecent images of children aged 6-13.

Now, Mr Lee is saying Venables has “had his chance” and his anonymity should be lifted.

 "He's committed two very, very serious sets of offences and anonymity has been wasted on him a lot of people would say,” he told Good Morning Britain.


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Lee, however, acknowledged the ‘mob rule' around his early court appearances was likely to prevent Venables’ identification.

“If there was no anonymity we would be returning to the mob rule scenes that we faced outside Bootle Juvenile Court back in February 1993.

"That is why, in all probability, his anonymity will not be lifted but I have every sympathy for anybody who says that it should be."

Little James was led away from a local shopping centre on February 12, 1993 by Venables and Thompson while his mother was distracted at a butcher shop.


The pair took James to a railway line before torturing and sexually assaulting him. They poured paint into his eyes and bashed him with bricks. They then left him on the railway line to be hit by a train.

Lee also told the program of his first encounter with Venables at Lower Lane Police Station in Liverpool in 1993.

"When I first set eyes on him in the cell he looked like an eight-year-old... very polite, very respectful like his mum was and I thought 'well he can't possibly be involved in something as evil and heinous as this'.

"Indeed, when the first interview took place you would have never thought he was involved he was such a convincing little liar.

"It was only in subsequent interviews it was clear he'd been lying and of course when he was found out he broke into hysterical tears and was hugging his mum and hugging the officers - it was then I realised he was capable of this awful, heinous crime."


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