Suspended sentence for client who admitted breaching the Worldwide injunction that protects killer Jon Venables

Friday 1 February 2019

Venables and Thompson were 10 when they tortured and killed James Bulger after abducting the two-year-old from a shopping centre in Merseyside in 1993. In November that year, they became the youngest children ever to be convicted of murder in England.

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Venables and Thompson have been living under new identities since they were released in 2001 under license, meaning that they can be recalled at any time. There is a global ban on publishing anything revealing their identities.

At the High Court RM admitted three contempt of court offences as he had breached the injunction in a number of different ways. The starting point for such a breach is immediate custody. However, after Keir Monteith addressed the Court in mitigation a suspended sentence of 12 months for 2 years was imposed.

The case has been widely reported including BBC, Standard and Mirror.

Keir Monteith is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team.

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