First Interview: Jamie Bulger's Mother Says His Killer Is 'Evil Inside'

23/03/2011 13:39 | Updated 22 May 2015

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has described his killer as "evil inside".

Denise Fergus said she felt "physically sick" after hearing Jon Venables admit child pornography offences at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Venables was jailed for two years after serving seven years of a life sentence for killing James, two, with accomplice Robert Thompson in 1993. He was released on licence in 2001 when he reached 18.

Mrs Fergus, from Liverpool, said she was horrified that he had been living in nearby Cheshire since his release, under the new identity provided when he was released.

The location was allowed to be reported only after last week's hearing when a court order protecting his identity was amended.

Talking to ITV Granada, she said: "I could have walked past him. I could even have stood next to him in a queue. I don't know because I've been told nothing about him. This is why it is important for me to know what they look like."

Venables appeared via a videolink at the hearing and, to protect his identity, the screen was only visible to the judge Mr Justice Bean.

Mrs Fergus said hearing him admit to downloading pornography featuring young girls was "gut wrenching", adding: "It shows you how sick he is. He hasn't been rehabilitated. All that money that was spent on him, this proves that he hasn't. He's been left to roam and do his own thing."

Mrs Fergus added: "The evil is in him. I wouldn't trust that man with a doll. He's just a vile excuse of a human being."

In her first television interview since the hearing, Mrs Fergus said reports that Venables had been to watch Everton play football on Merseyside were "horrifying".

She said: "That's just a stone's throw from my house. Why was he allowed to go? I was told I would be informed if he re-entered Merseyside."

She has demanded a meeting with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke to discuss her concerns and said she would be ready to meet him "as soon as he gives the nod".

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