Actress avoids jail for identifying Bulger killer

Tina Malone shared a post identifying Bulger killer Jon Venables (inset)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Actress Tina Malone has narrowly avoided jail after she admitted sharing a social media post identifying one of James Bulger’s killers.

The Shameless star shared a post on Facebook in February last year which purportedly included an image and the new name of Jon Venables.

She was given an eight-month suspended sentence for breaching the injunction banning the publication of anything identifying Venables.



The High Court heard that  Malone was suffering with mental health problems and is also the main carer for her five-year-old daughter and elderly mother.

She told the court she was not aware she was doing anything wrong when she shared the post but now accepted she was in breach. 


Jon Venables was convicted of killing toddler James Bulger in 1993 when he was just 10 years old.


Malone will face time in jail if she commits another contempt of court within two years.

A court order was made "against the world" in 2001 which bans the publication of anything that purports to reveal the identities of Venables and Robert Thompson.

They have been living anonymously with new identities since being released from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of James in 1993, when they were both aged 10.