The mother of Jamie Bulger, the toddler who was murdered by two ten-year-olds in Liverpool in 1993, has revealed that she will take legal action to prevent one of her son's killers from receiving a large payout as compensation for phone hacking by the News of the World.
Denise Fergus has learned that lawyers acting for James Thompson, who is now 29, have informed Scotland Yard that they intend to commence legal action against the News of the World for compensation.
The action began after Operation Weeting, which is investigating the actions of News of the World journalists, told Mr Thompson that his voicemail had been hacked between 2002 and 2007.
Mrs Fergus has instructed her legal team to explore every possible avenue to prevent Mr Thompson from cashing in on the intrusion. She has also called on Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to intervene to block any payment.
"It would be a terrible insult to James' memory if the animal who murdered him was to receive a payment," said Mrs Fergus.
"I do not believe that the lawyers can fail to see that what they are doing is completely immoral and unacceptable. He cannot be allowed to benefit from the wicked crime that he committed in robbing James of his life. It must not happen," she added.
Husband Stuart Fergus spoke of the moment they discovered the payment could be made by the Operation Weeting team.
"They were very understanding, almost apologetic, but there was no offer of any way we could do something to stop it," he said.
"I had to tell Denise what they had said. I have seldom seen her so upset and angry," he added.
Mr Thompson's lawyers are thought to be requesting £50,000 in compensation.
The pair of killers were given new identities in 2010 after a court ruled that their lives would always be in danger if their true identities were revealed.
Despite this, the News of the World reported several stories about Mr Thompson. In 2002 it was claimed he had taken an overdose, and in 2003 they reported he was starting art school.
Fellow killer Jon Venables was taken back to prison in February 2010 after he was caught in possession of child pornography. He was given a two-year sentence, and was refused parole in 2011.
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