Jon Venables has been jailed for just 40 months

Jon Venables has today been jailed for just 40 months after admitting child abuse charges.

Venables has been granted lifelong anonymity for the torture and murder of James Bulger.

Venables appeared in court via video link and pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children and having a paedophile manual.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Edis told Jon Venables his was a “unique” case.

He said: “This case is unique because when you were 10 years old you took part in the brutal murder and torture of James Bulger. That was a crime which revolted the nation and which continues to do so even after the 25 years that has passed since it happened.

“The facts of what you did are notorious and there is no need for me to repeat them here.”

Venables was released on licence in 2001 after serving eight years for murdering two-year-old James.

He was recalled to prison in November 2017 having been caught in possession with images of children.