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

1 February 2019

Keir Monteith

Keir Monteith was instructed by Graham Rishton at Mary Monson Solicitors.

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.

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 BBCStandard and Mirror.

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