Twitter Users Face Prosecution After James Bulger’s Killers Photo Release
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were jailed for life for the brutal murder of the two-year-old boy in Liverpool 20 years ago, but released on licence with new identities in 2001. The identities of the killers are protected by an injunction which prevents publication of any information purporting to identify them.
A spokesman for Dominic Grieve QC said that he has “decided to institute contempt proceedings against a number of individuals who have been identified as having posted online photographs purporting to be of Jon Venables or Robert Thompson”, his spokesman said.
“The terms of the order mean that if a picture claims to be of Venables or Thompson, even if it is not actually them, there will be a breach of the order.”
The spokesman continued: “The order, and its enforcement, is therefore intended to protect not only Venables and Thompson but also those members of the public who have been incorrectly identified as being one of the two men.
“Anyone who has posted material online which is in breach of the terms of the order should remove this material immediately.
“Breaches of the order may be a contempt of court punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.”