‘Startling new evidence’ in a documentary airing tomorrow promises ‘the most complete picture yet’ of toddler James Bulger’s murder.
The two-year-old was murdered by 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson after they kidnapped him from a shopping centre in 1993 and walked him two-and-a-half miles across Liverpool to torture him.
James Bulger: The New Revelations, which will air on Channel 5, claims that it will finally crack the motive of the killers.
A new documentary airing tomorrow on Channel 5 will explore the motive of Jon Venables (left) and Robert Thompson (right) who killed James Bulger
Neither of the youngsters gave evidence at their trial and there was no defence offered by their legal teams.
Twenty-five years on from the trial, the film probes what pushed the boys to kill the toddler, Mirror Online reports.
With ‘new interviews and testimony from those directly involved in the case’, the documentary will feature Thompson’s solicitor Dominic Lloyd as well as Mandy Walker, who was the Bulger’s family liaison officer.
Detective Inspector Jim Fitzsimmons will also provide insight after working on the case.
James Bulger (pictured) was tortured to death aged two
Venables’ psychiatrist, Dr Arnon Bentovima, also features in the documentary as will Amanda Knowles, who managed Barton Moss Secure Children’s Homes while Robert Thompson was there.
Both killers were tried as adults as the age of 10 was deemed to be the age of criminal responsibility.
They were ordered to be detained ‘at Her Majesty’s pleasure’ but in 2001 a parole board deemed them no threat to public safety.
The men were released on licence after serving eight years. But Venables was jailed again in 2010 after downloading and distributing more than 100 child abuse images.
In 2013 he was granted parole. Then in November 2017 police arrested him on suspicion of possessing images of child sex abuse. Venables is now serving a three year and four months sentence.
Thompson has not reoffended since his release. Tomorrow’s documentary airs at 9pm.