UPDATE: UK will not be sending notorious child killer and pedophile to Canada
UPDATE: A spokesman for the British Government has now stated that child killer Jon Venables will not be sent to Canada. Previous reports from British Press stated Jon Venables, who killed a two-year old when he was only ten, would be sent to Canada under a new identity.
Earlier reports in the British Press had said Venables, who killed a two-year old when he was 10 years of age, would be given money and sent to Canada under a new identity to ‘protect him.’
The killer in question is Jon Venables, a criminal known for abducting and beating two-year-old James Bulger to death at the age of ten alongside Robert Thompson, before hiding the body of Bulger on nearby railway tracks.
Now, recent reports have come out revealing that due to the continued, costly criminal activity of Venables and concerns over his safety, the UK is planning to ship their problem criminal to another country and has their eyes set on Canada.
“As far as I’m concerned that day — 20 years ago — I stared evil in the face,” said Detective Phil Roberts in an interview, at the time part of Merseyside’s serious crime squad.
“I think Thompson was in charge, but they both attacked James. They were a match made in hell. A freak of nature. They went out that day to kill — I truly believe that. And if they hadn’t been caught I fear they would have struck again,” said Roberts.
“Pure evil, I will never change my mind about that.”
At the time of their arrest, Thompson was made out as the ringleader, with psychologists believing rehabilitation was impossible, while Venables was characterized as his follower, posing a “trivial” risk if released.
However, throughout their lives, the opposite has proven true.
As The Sun UK reports, “When Venables was recalled to jail in 2010, it emerged Thompson had done well at Barton Moss secure unit, in Eccles, Lancs, showing a growing interest and talent in art.
“He had passed five GCSEs, taken A-levels and enjoyed trips to the Lake District and even to the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.”
Conversely, in 2018, Venables, 35 at the time, pleaded guilty to having 1,000 “indecent images of children” and was jailed for 40 months.
Venables’ history of abusing children, whether directly or indirectly, has remained consistent since the 1993 murder of James Bulger.
In 2010, only nine years after being freed, Venables was arrested and sentenced to two years for downloading and distributing indecent pictures of children.
He was released in 2013 due to recommendations from a Parole Board, only to be recalled to prison after being caught, yet again, in 2017 with indecent pictures of children. He was sentenced in 2018.
Additionally, it has been revealed that Venables admitted to “owning a sick paedophile manual which instructed him on “how to have sex with little girls at the Old Bailey,” reports The Sun UK.
“This is my own fault. I’ve let people down again,” Venables told the court. “I’ve had stupid urges, inquisitive. I’m not going to be seeing this (the outside world) for a lot of years. It won’t be a slap on the wrist for me.”
“Someone like Jon Venables, who is a prolific offender and has a terrible history, should be intrusively monitored and managed,” said Jim Gamble, former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
As both Venables and Thompson were 10 years old at the time of their original crime, both were granted anonymity under UK law which seeks to protect the identity of child offenders who may have a greater likeliness of rehabilitation as they mature.
In special cases, upon reaching the age of adulthood, extended lifelong anonymity may be issued by the courts if the case in question was so infamous that lifelong persecution for their crimes can be expected. The case of two 10-year-old killers constituted such a case, and the pair were granted lifelong anonymity upon their release in 2001.
Bulger’s parents have routinely tried to get this lifelong anonymity lifted. Bulger’s father, Ralph, has said “he will spend his life trying to overturn the ruling that his son’s killers may remain anonymous to ‘protect the public’,” reports Daily Mail.
After Venables’ 2018 sentencing, Ralph Bulger fought hard to appeal the anonymity; however, his appeal was shut down in March, as it was revealed that a prisoner had learned of Venables’ identity and that Venables had been “attacked in prison with boiling water.” As such, the judge believes that if Venables’ new identity was lifted, he would likely be murdered in an act of vigilante justice.
“My decision is in no way a reflection on the applicants themselves, for whom there is a profoundest sympathy,” explains Sir Andrew McFarlane, U.K. President of the Family Division.
“The reality is that the case for varying the injunction has simply not been made.
“As Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss held, (Venables) is ‘uniquely notorious’ and there is a strong possibility, if not a probability, that if his identity were known he would be pursued resulting in grave and possibly fatal consequences,” McFarlane added.
“This is, therefore, a wholly exceptional case and the evidence in 2019 is more than sufficient to sustain the conclusion that there continues to be a real risk of very substantial harm to (Venables).”
The high-profile nature of Venables, his repeated offences, as well as the numerous court-issued precautions that needed to be put in place to protect the killer and alleged pedophile has reportedly cost the UK a fortune.
According to the Daily Mail, it was revealed that the 2018 legal battles of Venables identity cost UK taxpayers £65,000 ($104,528.45 CAD), while his lawyers “were paid £8,100 [$13,025.85 CAD] in legal aid while government lawyers were paid close to £57,300 [$92,145.85 CAD].”
This is just a fraction of the overall cost of Venables. An insider source told the Daily Star that Venables’ inability to stay out of trouble has cost the UK a “fortune.”
“Venables hasn’t been able to stay out of trouble,” the source begins.
“The huge amount it all costs, coupled with the public’s anger towards this man, means bosses are assessing him for a move abroad so the problem stops.
“It will cost, of course, but the thinking is that this will be cheaper in the long run.”
As such, the UK is looking to ship Venables off to a different country, with Canada being the most likely recipient. UK officials haven’t cited the financial costs of Venables nor the threat he poses, but have, instead, cited the risk to Venables given multiple online oustings, such as the publication of pictures of Venables as an adult.
The Liberal government has won a minority under Justin Trudeau, returning to the House of Commons as the party in power.
While the government has celebrated victory in what can only be described as a disastrous campaign after it became public the Prime Minister had worn blackface more times than he could remember, the nation should be wary about the rather large number of broken promises coming back with the Trudeau Liberals.
According to the Trudeau Metre, the Liberals broke 67 promises throughout their first term, accounting for 29 percent of all promises made.
These broken promises include massive campaign planks such as electoral reform, failing to properly restore the veteran’s pension system, and the continuation of massive deficit which put a balanced budget potentially decades into the future rather than 2019.
With the minority governments in Canada rarely lasting more than two years, it will be interesting to see what the government attempts to do in order to keep both previous promises made and new ones brought forth during the campaign. The Liberals must make compromises with other parties.
With both the NDP and Greens cash-strapped but needing wins, and the Conservatives facing an inner-party revolt against the current leader, we will likely see a relative calm as parties adjust followed by a truly harsh period as weakened parties attempt to regain ground lost in 2015.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Senate point men have tendered their resignations. Senator Peter Harder, the Government’s Representative in the upper chamber, and Government Liaison Senator Grant Mitchell made the announcement Friday.
“The start of a new Parliament is the best time to welcome a new face in the role of Government Representative,” Harder said in a statement.
“With the Senate now well advanced on the path to becoming more independent and less partisan… it simply made sense for me to pick this moment: a new cabinet has been sworn in, new Senate groups are emerging along non-partisan lines.”
According to Harder, his term as the Senate’s government rep will expire on Dec. 31, 2019 while Senator Mitchell said he would remain in his liaison role, previously called Government Whip, until Trudeau finds a replacement for Harder.
“Serving in this role has truly been a highlight of my career. It has been a privilege to have been so directly involved with Prime Minister Trudeau’s initiative to create a more independent Senate,” said Mitchell.
For nearly 150 years, senators were appointed by the sitting prime minister, and for the most part showed unbroken partisan loyalty to their caucuses. But that all changed in April 2014 when Trudeau cut existing Liberal appointees in the Upper Chamber from the national caucus.
The decision has factionalized the Senate with both Senate Conservatives and Liberal castaways coalescing in various groups, including the Independent Senators Group and a pair of nascent upstarts; the Canadian Senators Group and Progressive Senators Group.
Harder, who is a “non-affiliated” senator entered the upper chamber in April 2016, as the first “independent” appointed senator under a purportedly, non-partisan selection process. Mitchell was appointed to the Senate in 2005 by Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Known as the “chamber of sober second thought”, the Senate is intended to provide regional oversight for government bills as well as the power to introduce laws unrelated to spending.
A plane crash resulted in seven people, including three children, dying in a wooded area near Kingston, Ontario, according to CTV News.
The crash took place late Wednesday evening when an American-registered Piper PA-32 crashed before it could reach its destination of Kingston.
Although the final destination was Quebec City, the pilot decided to land in Kingston after he discovered a communication error.
Soon after, the plane crashed, hitting the ground at a very steep incline. This is presumed to have occurred at around 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, everyone on board the aircraft died.
There is currently an on-going investigation into the plane crash, which usually requires the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to interview witnesses and read through maintenance footage. When this is done, the police will have a greater understanding of what caused the crash.
A 36-year-old inmate, who police say is violent, has vanished in downtown Toronto. They have named the man as Gashawbeza Kefene, who has escaped once before this occasion.
The police are warning Torontonians to not approach the man. He has been described as 5’9, 170 pounds, with black short hair, and a black beard.
Kefenee was last seen on Nov. 20 in the Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue area. His previous escape occurred in August earlier this year. He escaped from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Kefenee is the latest escapee, with other dangerous individuals escaping earlier this year.