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James Bulger's killer Jon Venables will be given another new identity at a cost of £250,000 to the taxpayer, according to reports.

Very few people know what Jon Venables looks like these days

Venables was jailed for two years on Friday after pleading guilty at the Old Bailey to downloading pornographic images of young children.

He and Robert Thompson were released on licence in 2001 after being given life sentences in 1993 for the murder of toddler James Bulger in Merseyside when they were just 10.

The pair had been given new identities and extensive measures were taken to make sure they were protected from vigilantes as they became national hate figures.

The Daily Telegraph has now reported Venables, 27, will once again be issued with a new birth certificate, national insurance number and other documents when he is released.

The newspaper estimated the cost of creating the new identity could reach £250,000, with close supervision from probation officers adding another £1m.

Venables was sentenced to life aged 10

Venables appeared via video-link at the Old Bailey on Friday, and under unprecedented secrecy, was visible only to the judge.

He spoke just four words in court - answering "yes" to his name and pleading "guilty" to three child pornography charges.

Following his sentence, some media organisations had applied to be able to report his new name.

But the killer's lawyers voiced concerns that Venables' life would be seriously in danger if his identity did become public.

Venables murders a young child, comes out of prison early, gets a new identity, then commits another serious crime, gets 2 years in prison, and will probably get a new identity again.

Why? Well, to protect him. Cost to the taxpayer £250,000, yet we are all being asked to tighten our belts here in the UK as part of a massive austerity programme.

Maybe he should have been told that after the first new identity if he commits another serious crime he's on his own. He serves his time and doesn't get any more new identities.

The law is an ass! Icon_mad
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