James Bulger’s mum ‘over the moon’ as murder investigation debate set to take place


James Bulger’s mother Denise Fergus said she has “29 years of unanswered questions” and finally there is now progress on an investigation into her son’s murder – what she described as a “historic” step

Denise Fergus, mother of murdered toddler James Bulger
Denise Fergus, mother of murdered toddler James Bulger

James Bulger’s mother has won a historic victory after confirming a landmark debate will be held over an inquest into his murder.

Denise Fergus was bitterly disappointed when a petition calling for vital debate in the House of Commons won the support of 214,000 people in 2018 – but was defeated by a committee of MPs.

But days after she had a crunch meeting with Justice Secretary Dominic Raab – which the Sunday People lobbied for – the debate was granted.

If a groundbreaking investigation is conducted, it would look at how to deal with the 1993 horror in which two-year-old James was kidnapped and barbarically killed by two 10-year-old truants.

James Bulger was killed in 1993



Denise said she was ‘over the moon’


Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

It would also analyze the botched attempts to redeem one of the two. Jon Venables, 39, has committed another TWICE offense after being released.

Denise, 53, told us: “My family, friends and I are over the moon.

“I’ve had unanswered questions for 29 years and this is a truly historic, momentous step toward change.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have supported the petition I started and we are finally making headway towards an investigation.

“There have been too many mistakes over the years and I just hope this will be the start of something that will leave a legacy on behalf of my son James.”

Jon Venables (left) and Robert Thompson



Merseyside mother-of-five Denise added: “I know I will never be able to bring James back, but I hope the struggles I have fought will benefit other families in similar situations. Thank you Sunday People readers for your support along the way. I have great hope that after 29 years we will finally achieve something.”

On Wednesday, Denise received an email from a senior probation officer saying that after her meeting with Mr Raab the debate had been arranged and she would be informed when the date was set – expected later this year.

Venables and Robert Thompson snatched James from a Bootle mall and dragged him two miles to a railroad track, where they tortured him and beat him to death.

The front page of the Sunday Mirror last week

They were convicted of murder but released in 2001 at the age of 18. Thompson, 39, has not re-offended.

But Venables was sent back to prison in 2010 and 2017 after being caught with child molestation images. He hopes to be paroled in August.

Asked by Denise to block the parole offer, Mr Raab said he admired her courage, adding: “I was very moved to meet you and you have reinforced my resolve to reform the parole board.”

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