James Bulger’s mum says her son’s killer Jon Venables should never be freed from prison as she spoke after his bid for freedom was denied.
Denise Fergus said it felt like the first time her feelings were ‘taken into account’, saying her calls for justice have previously fallen “on deaf ears” in her fight for justice.
Venables and Robert Thompson killed two-year-old James Bulger in 1993.
Both killers were aged 10 at the time.
The pair snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, before torturing him to death on a nearby train track.
Venables was sent back to prison in 2010 and 2017 for possessing indecent images of children.
Now, he is serving a 40-month sentence with a Parole Board reviewing his case.
However his bid for freedom was refused on Tuesday, with Denise saying it felt like the “first time something has ever gone her way” in her long fight for justice.
Denise told ITV: “I’m still in shock I think. I didn’t expect this. I definitely thought he would be given parole.
“This is the first interview I’ve ever done where I can honestly say I feel like I could burst out laughing because I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.”
“I think it’s the first time I’ve ever said that.
“This is the first interview I’ve have ever done where I can honestly say I feel like I could burst out laughing because I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.”
Denise said she felt her feelings were never taken into account when it came to the sentencing of Venables for his horrific crime and subsequent sentences.
She added: “I don’t think my feelings were taken into account.
“What happened to James I don’t think was taken into account.
“I have said for years he will go on to commit another crime not once or twice, but he has done it three times now.”
When asked if she felt justice had been served to Venables as a ‘troubled’ individual, Denise added: “He has never really been punished.
“He was never punished for James, in fact he was awarded.
“He never went to a proper prison. He went to a young offenders where he got given everything he asked for.
“This is the first time i feel like he is getting punished now because I don’t think he is getting everything he asks for now.”