James Bulgers brother says killer must stay behind bars on 30th anniversary

The brother of tragic James Bulger wants his killer kept behind bars for life.

In an emotional new interview three decades on, the devastated sibling has spoken out – and urged Justice Secretary Dominic Raab to stay true to his plans to keep Jon Venables locked away.

According to the Express, Michael Fergus has insisted he will never forgive Venables and accomplice Robert Thompson for the heinous attack on his brother.

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James was a month away from his third birthday when he was snatched by Venables and Thompson, both aged 10 at the time, from a shopping centre in Liverpool.

Mr Raab previously said re-offenders like Venables – who has been sent back to prison twice – would never walk the streets again under new plans.

Now, Michael has urged the deputy prime minister to “keep to his word”.

The 29-year-old said: “My brother’s killers will never be forgiven. They took away my older brother who I never got to meet.

"I would have loved to have looked up to him, asked him questions, talked to him about exams, cars, going to bars, normal stuff.

“But because of those two I never got the chance. They robbed me of my childhood, in a nutshell.”

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The child killers were convicted of murder in November 1993 and detained indefinitely for a crime which shocked the nation. The pair were released with new identities aged 18 in 2001 after spending eight years in young offenders’ institutes.

Thompson, now 39, has not reoffended.

But Venables was sent back to prison in 2010 and 2017 after being caught with child sex abuse images on his home computer.

Michael added: "For me personally, getting justice for James and keeping Venables behind bars would be more about giving us and particularly my mum peace of mind.

“For that to happen 30 years since losing James would be so fitting. The day that happens my mum will have a smile on her face that will never stop.”

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