Photo 'reveals new identity of Bulger's killer'The image was uploaded to Twitter on TuesdayThe Attorney General's Office is investigating

Daily Mail Reporter


01:04 GMT, 14 February 2013



04:03 GMT, 14 February 2013

A photograph published on the internet may have exposed the new identity of one of James Bulger’s killers.

The image, uploaded to Twitter on Tuesday, the 20th anniversary of the murder, allegedly showed Jon Venables at a birthday party.

It has prompted an investigation by the Attorney General’s office over fears its publication broke laws protecting his anonymity.

Jon Venables, pictured aged 10 in 1993, shortly after his arrest for the murder of toddler James Bulger

James Bulger who was murdered in 1993

Jon Venables, pictured left aged 10 in 1993, shortly after his arrest for the murder of toddler James Bulger, right

Last night a spokesman said they had been alerted to a ‘possible contempt of court’ but refused to disclose whether the picture was in fact Venables.

Venables and Robert Thompson were ten when they murdered two-year-old James. They were given new identities aged 18, at a cost of millions to the taxpayer.

The pair are protected by an injunction granting them lifelong anonymity for fear of revenge attacks.

But the picture purporting to be of Venables was republished by more than 100 Twitter users and could have been viewed by thousands.

It was originally uploaded by a user going by the name of Steph Strotten, who wrote: ‘Obviously no one can officially confirm it, [but] the pics are clearly him and while drunk he himself told people his real identity.’