27/11/2013

Man Spared Jailed Over Venables Picture Tweet

A 27-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for tweeting an image purporting to be an adult Jon Venables, one of the men jailed for the murder of James Bulger.

The High Court in London gave James Baines, from Liverpool, to a 14-month suspended sentence, after he admitted contempt of court.

There is a global ban on publishing anything that might reveal the identities of Jon Venabler and Robert Thompson – who were convicted of murdering two-year-old Jame Bulger in Merseyside in February 1993.

In a statement, Attorney General Dominic Grieve said: "It gives me no pleasure to bring a third case for breaching this injunction and I do so purely in the wider public interest.

"The order has been in place for many years and applies to both media organisations and individuals.

"It is meant not only to protect Venables and Thompson but also those members of the public who have been incorrectly identified as being either of them."

(MH/CD)

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