Twitter Users facing Court Proceedings After Posting Photos Of James Bulger Killers

"twitter users face jail"Several Twitter users who posted photographs of a man they claim to be one of the killers of James Bulger, John Venables, are now possibly facing time in prison.

According to a report by Sky News a top legal adviser has launched a case against Twitter users who posted the photos that they said showed John Venables, now as an adult.

A number of individuals are due to be served court papers said the Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

The case refers to two boys who were convicted of the kidnap and murder of two year old James Bulger.  At the time the killers, Robert Thompson and John Venables, were both 10 years old when they were convicted of the tragic crime in 1993.

Both Robert Thompson and John Venables were sentenced to life in prison,however they were both released in 2001 with the court ordering that their identities would be protected and could never be revealed.

The court ruled that any publication of any images showing pictures claiming to be that of John Venables or Robert Thompson was strictly prohibited.

This means that any picture published of either John Venables or Robert Thompson, claiming to be of them as adults, even if it isn’t actually a true picture of them, would mean that the person publishing the picture would be in breach of the court order.

A statement from the Attorney General said: “There are many different images circulating online claiming to be of Venables or Thompson; potentially innocent individuals may be wrongly identified as being one of the two men and placed in danger.

“Breaches of the order may be in contempt of court punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.”

The statement continued: “It is also a criminal offence to encourage others to commit acts of violence or to publish online malicious communications.”

There have been many images circulating on Facebook and on Twitter claiming to show Venables as an adult and it is the people who are behind publishing these photos who could see themselves in jail because of the breach of the injunction.

The injunction itself has been at the centre of controversy with Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss of the High Court Family Division banning any publication of their new identities.

The mother of James Bulger, Denise Fergus, has always said that she is opposed to the banning of the publishing of their images as she believes that it could lead to an innocent man being targeted as the killer of her son in the future.

The rights of Twitter and Facebook users to share and publish photos is now under scrutiny with the British law now catching up to the need to police some of the activity on social media sites.



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