Remember this post about the two ten-year-old boys who led a toddler out of a Liverpool, England mall, tortured and eventually killed him?
One of those men is being set free. Again.
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson received life sentences after the horrifying 1993 murder, but were paroled in 2001. Like Mary Bell, they were given new identities so they could start their lives as adults. There’s no information on Thompson, but in 2010 Venables pled guilty to possessing and distributing child porn.
Guess what? Apparently that’s not enough for the parole board to consider him a threat to society. He’s been released again! Reports say it is unknown if he will get another new identity.
Again, like Mary Bell, these boys had to have serious mental issues to do what they did, especially at such a young age. I realize the laws are not set up to keep jailed minors beyond certain ages, but at what point do lawmakers decide those laws need to be changed? Will Venables have to abuse and/or kill more children for something to be done?
What do you think? Did Veneables, Thompson, or Bell deserve those new identities? What needs to be done with them now to protect children?
Thanks to Rhonda Hopkins for alerting me to this story!