Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email</form>Jon Venables' first lawyer has said he was the 'most convincing little liar he's ever met' after defending the child killer for the brutal murder of James Bulger Laurence Lee defended Venables from 1993 to 1994, when he was arrested, aged 10, for the torture and murder of the toddler The gruesome case shocked the nation as the two killers – Venables and Robert Thompson were only children themselves The pair were jailed and had their identities changed after being released from prison aged 18 But Mr Lee has spoken out after Venables was jailed again for 40 months after being found with 1,170 child abuse images – some featuring babies – and a manual detailing how to rape young children The sentencing judge called the material “vile” and “heartbreaking” and stated that 392 of the images were in category A which is the most serious class of image These included multiple images and films of penetration of children, images where the young victim appears to be in physical pain and of serious crimes inflicted on male toddlers Venables is technically due to to be released after he serves half of his sentence reducing it to 20 months, but Mr Lee believes he will serve at least the full 40 month sentence Read More James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables moves to new jail with another new identity after prisoners put price on his head He is subject to a life licence for the murder of James Bulger so he can be kept behind bars under the terms of that sentence if the Parole Board choses to enforce it "Venables is a danger to society The judge, Mr Justice Edis, said he's a danger to society And he is," Mr Lee told the Mirror Online
"He was the most convincing little liar I ever came across "But he’s had his chances and the Parole Board wont let him out I don’t think he’ll see the light of day for years He’s now a serial paedophile – he’s proved that "The court said that he's a disturbed character and a dangerous character, and he'll have a hell of a job convincing the Parole Board now that he’s fit for a return to society " In recent days, Venables moved prisons and has been given another new identity after prisoners put a price on his head The child killer was allegedly attacked in prison last month when a fellow inmate discovered who he was and threw boiling water at him Read More Social workers reveal fears of new Baby P horror amid 'unbearable' workloads 'underestimated by Government' It is also alleged that his picture has been passed through the prison community so that people will know who he is, despite a court injunction banning the circulation of images of him "He's in real danger in prison but he brought it on himself," Mr Lee told Mirror Online But Mr Lee does not believe that Venables will try to get out of prison early because he will be in more danger on the outside "I don’t think he’ll be pushing for release He knows what will happen to him if he is out He said that Venables had always been fearful and when he was in the remand centre for the murder of little James, the killer did not want to get out because he felt more protected in custody "In the remand centre he said, 'I don’t know why there are always two people marking me wherever I go because I don’t want to get out ' "He said quite clearly that he knew what would happen to him on the outside "But he will be targeted in prison now too "I don’t think injunctions in a world of social media will have any affect on the hot heads in society – particularly for those who are already in prison – they will not care "Say there’s a lifer in prison and he attacks Venables – there’s no risk for him – so from his perspective he may as will kill him "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out who he is – when a new arrival comes into prison who’s 35 and is in for that offence – its obvious to every prisoner in that jail who he is "And it only takes one person to be ultra determined and he’s in big trouble
"So he’s in real danger but he’s brought it on himself So I’ve got no sympathy Mr Lee said that although he does not have sympathy for Venables he does empathise with his family "His mum and are dad lovely And his brother and sister – they were all innocent "I was annoyed at the time that the trial judge named Venables because of the impact it would have on his family, I think that was unfair " Mr Lee said that the legal system was obliged to grant him anonymity but in the age of social media it was difficult to enforce "I can understand the uproar about giving him a new identity "But people will work out who he is, upload a picture to Facebook or Twitter and that will be it "If I was unlucky enough to be a member of the Bulger family or a parent of a murdered child I’d be screaming from the rooftops to have anonymity lifted "But as a boring lawyer, I have to accept that the affect of anonymity being lifted is that they’d be butchered in a day " Despite Venables' recent crimes of paedophilia, Mr Lee said that he did not remember sexual abuse as being a part of the already brutal nature of the torture and murder of two-year-old James in 1993 "I saw the post-mortem I saw horrible images of his little body at the railway line "As far as I'm concerned it was primarily a violent attack – not a sexual one
"I think there is a lot if exaggeration as far as that's concerned "But even without that it was the most depraved, horrible, heinous crime you can imagine "To look at that image of little James being led by the hand out of the shopping centre by Venables, the size of the little thing, he was so small It’s tragic "The poor boy was battered with big sticks and stones It was more than bullying, it was torture "And to walk him for three miles to his ultimate place of death is evil beyond words He was just a baby" "With Venables now years later convicted for paedophilic images it’s easy to say 'oh he must have been a pervert at 10 but i don't remember sexual abuse as being part of the case ' He said hat he now agrees with the European Court of Human Rights ruling in 1999 that the trial was unfair "It was not unlawful but it was unfair It was held at the number one court in Preston which is spooky "If it were held now it would still be held in a crown court but the judges would not wear gowns and wigs and it would be in a less intimidating court room "They had to raise the dock by 18 inches for the trial – they were raised like like circus animals – it was surreal "Just looking at the court was frightening
And that morning the atmosphere was electric – people had queued all night to get one of 46 seats in court "But you never would have stopped the baying for blood no matter where it was held – even if it was in a football pitch "It still exists today "People couldn’t get their heads around the fact that these were two 10-year-olds and probably treated them much more harshly than if they'd been middle-aged "And if they had been middle-aged people probably would not remember the case now "There have been so many cases of middle-aged perverts murdering little children – like the case of April Jones A middle-aged bloke basically incinerated her That haunts me but no one remembers it now "It may be a guilt complex about the way we bring children up It’s hard It’s a psychological question "But people do remember James Bulger and mob rule guarantees that anonymity will never be lifted for Venables and Thompson because their lives will always be at risk "