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Phone hacking payouts for Liverpool killers must not happen, says James Bulger's mum

by Chris Bradley. Published Tue 08 May 2012 15:58
Mum-of-three Denise Fergus
Mum-of-three Denise Fergus

An e-petition supported by the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been launched in a bid to stop criminals receiving payouts for phone hacking offences.

Denise Fergus is angry that one of her son's killers could receive damages over the alleged "dark art" activity by journalists at the shuttered News of the World newspaper.

The 'Notorious criminals cashing-in on phone hacking compensation' petition seeks to have the Proceeds of Crime Act stop criminals benefiting from phone hacking.

Police confirmed in February that on of the killer's phones was on a hacking list and his lawyers were reportedly seeking tens of thousands of pounds in compensation.

Thompson and his friend Jon Venables were just 10 years-old when they abducted, tortured and murdered two year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993.

Mrs Fergus, who slammed the bid for phone hacking compensation as "blood money for a killer" has now stepped-up her campaign to stop criminals receiving pay-outs as a result of their notoriety.

The mum-of-three, 44, said: "With this e-petition we hope to get the support of the nation and stop two notorious killers from cashing-in on phone hacking.

"They murdered my son in the most horrific way imaginable and that's why they should never be thought of as victims - nor should they profit from being killers.

"The Proceeds of Crime Act stops criminals benefiting from crime and if phone-hacking is a crime these murderers should not benefit from it either.

"Millions have been paid to keep their identities hidden and to give them new lives they don't deserve and it cannot be right for either of them to pocket money as supposed victims."

The e-petition also calls for Parliament to enact a law that would require any compensation paid to criminals as a result of their notoriety to be handed to charity.

Added Denise: "If any 'compensation' money does paid to criminals as a result of their crimes it should go to charity, not to them directly.

"This is an important matter of principle and I hope enough people sign the petition to make the MPs sit-up and take notice."

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has paid out millions of pounds to politicians, celebrities and victims of crime - like the family of murdered teenager Milly Dowler.

Scandal engulfed the News of the World in July 2011 when reports that her voicemails had been hacked and deleted by journalists rocked News International to its core.

The 168 year-old newspaper was forced to close and the outcome of the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics and practice could shape the future of British journalism.

Journalists from News International's other titles and former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have been quizzed by the Met's Operation Weeting team.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport released a scathing report claiming Rupert Murdoch was an "improper" person to keep his stake in the British company, BSkyB.

The scandal caused by phone-hacking refuses to go away.

The e-petition can be signed on the Home Office website and if it collects more that 100,000 signatures the topic can be debated in Parliament.

Creator Claire Benson, an administrator for the James Bulger Memorial Trust Facebook, makes clear her reasons for starting the e-petition which won the support of Mrs Fergus.

She said: "Criminals who are notorious as a result of a heinous crimes should not be
allowed to receive damages from newspapers or any journalists over privacy intrusions like hacking phones or emails.

"The media are not allowed to pay criminals for their stories.

"By the same token criminals should be barred from benefiting from the attention focussed on them because of their offences.

"Parliament must pass a law banning the payment of damages to a criminal in such circumstances and force any damages to be donated to a registered charity - nominated by the families of their victims."

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"If you take a life you should be given life in PRISION and this government is to soft with killers and don't care about true justice." lisa muir, liverpool around 1 year, 6 months ago

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! " Carole, Hereford around 1 year, 10 months ago

"Disgusting they should never be allowed out of jail." Annie Newton, Edinburgh around 1 year, 10 months ago

"l just want these bastards to suffer r twice the torture they gave Angel James. not any money they just deserve the most horrible death" margarita corro, mexico around 1 year, 10 months ago

"The two are scum, and to consider 'rewarding' them for their crime, is why UK Justice system is a joke in the eyes of the world." Patricia Spratt, Fareham, Hampshire around 1 year, 10 months ago

"what a dark day if we sit back and allow these monsters to get money for killing..the solicitors should be ashamed!!!!!!!!!!!!!1" tony, raunds around 1 year, 10 months ago

"An absolute disgrace if they get one penny. they should be made to work in the drains for the rest of their lives." carol gardner, leigh lancashire around 1 year, 10 months ago

"An absolute disgrace if they get one penny. they should be made to work in the drains for the rest of their lives." carol gardner, leigh lancashire around 1 year, 10 months ago

"I feel so much for Jamie's family, they have been through too much already without these rotten pieces of scum cashing in makes me sick! " cheryl francis, northampton around 1 year, 10 months ago

"its just appalling disgusting that these vile monsters would receive a big payout. the need a noose, not cash !" Dave, Telford around 1 year, 10 months ago

"DISGRACEFULL.!" jan hopkinson, shrewsbury around 1 year, 10 months ago

"Them killers don't deserve anything but misery in their lives! Not compensation!!" Amanda, Stockport around 1 year, 10 months ago

"They should have never been given new identities, what right have they got to have such luck in life,they deserve nothing, R.I.P James x" Ali Rowland, Liverpool around 1 year, 10 months ago

"they should be left to rot in prison and not receive any rewards for their crime." David, Scotland around 1 year, 10 months ago

"These two killer should never been let out of jail.so now there getting comp.What they really need is to been hang I say bring back hanging " Sylvia, Sheffield around 1 year, 11 months ago

"http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/33458 Please sign and pass on." Natalia, Poland around 2 years ago

"Justice let James Bulger down once pls dont sit back at let it happen again http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/33458 it tks 30 sec " Nick, Kent around 2 years ago

"Don't let crime pay" colette hargreaves, Liverpool England around 2 years ago

"give them nowt. time our justice system a joke time it got shake up. i would have put them to the gallows long ago. " tam lyon, buckpool buckie scotland around 2 years ago

"These two monsters were born of the devil and should go join him" Carolyn Dickenson, Australia around 2 years ago

"As usual these type of scum are givin new identitys.WAKE UP THIS MEANS THEY CAN DO IT AGAIN SAME AS PEODOPHILES WHERE IS THE JUSTICE." Austin fox, doncaster around 2 years ago

"Justice. What a joke. This family has suffered enough. The two scum that did this should still be locked up. Until they die." Sue Constable, Chepstow around 2 years ago

"should have hanged them , but our gov as usual protect the scum , the only thng they shld get is 5 mins alone wiv a gang of mothers " heather tyman, thetford around 2 years ago

"cash shouldnt be involved for these 2 animals, nor should a name change,they are still a danger to society , especially innocent children.jx" june nicolson, glasgow around 2 years ago

"these money-grabbing solicitors make me sick making money from these scum,have they no conscience,it's all about money isn't it." margaret littlewood, manchester around 2 years ago

"Why stop there criminals of this sort don't deserve a change of identity, the victims don't get a second chance at life so why should they " Janine, aberdeen around 2 years ago

"our justice system sucks no wonder its insuch a state always on the side of the criminals bring back the death penalty. " Ann Holloway, Buckley around 2 years ago

"its a disgrace that they get more help and money than the poor victim's" Richard Holloway, Buckley around 2 years ago

"r.i.p james loves and kisses to u and ur mum xxx" krystal strathdee, scotland around 2 years ago

"Those two murderers shouldn't even be breathing! Eye for an eye and death row is where they should be!!!!!!" Veronica Blackmore, West Yorkshire around 2 years ago

"Ministers could go some way to redeem themselves in reneging on any form of compensation on these two, sick vile miscreants." Dave, Sheffield around 2 years ago

"i hate those little shits, for what did to james family, a life for a life. and no getting out of jail." lynne godwin,, wirral around 2 years ago

"Signed. Murderers should not get any compensation or should go to victim support groups. The family have been through enough without this." wendy, Lincoln around 2 years ago

"Shame on you UK justice system, people of UK pls unite dont let murderers get rewarded Support victims of crime, set a precedence for James!" Renata, Sydney Australia around 2 years ago

"Where is the justice for Jaime and his family they r the victim here good luck Denise hope this goes viral and u c Justice at Last R.I.P. <3" May Pratt, Scotland around 2 years ago

"James' family have gone through enough but to also keep having to fight for simple right's and wrong's in the law is outrageous. " Vicky, Manchester around 2 years ago

"What a disgusting idea to give killers a payout because their privacy was invaded, Justice, what justice?" James Gillbanks, Merseyside around 2 years ago

"These two monsters have been protected enough..Venerbles a re offender should have been named I'm with Denise all the way." Patricia Inger, Wales around 2 years ago

"Has this poor woman not suffered enough UK Justice sucks !" C NICHOLL, LONDON around 2 years ago

"they should recieve NOTHING they took a beautful little boy away from a loving family they are monsters" kaitlin jackson, aberystwyth around 2 years ago

"This money should be out to better use. Human rights protect sick and warped people who do not deserve to be called humans. It's warped" Matt wilson, North wales around 2 years ago

"i think they shouldint get paid out because there tare old people that could be doing with extra money onthere benfits " linda, glasgow around 2 years ago

"i hope everyone signs. this government has protected them 2 animals for too long" chelyn, bootle around 2 years ago

"The two KILLERS should have been locked FOREVER. Payouts! It's not even a joke..." F>W>Smart, Heighington, Lincolnshire around 2 years ago

"Denise is an inspiration. As for those monsters they should be locked up for life. They don't deserve any compensation. They should get life" Ben, Cheltenham around 2 years ago

"james bulgers family have suffered enough why should james bulgers killers benefit the money should be used to hang them both eye for an eye" col crook, BOLTON around 2 years, 7 months ago

"I hope this petition gets tons of signatures and makes a difference! The UK Justice system is a joke, stop rewarding criminals you fools!" Ali Lightfoot, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada around 2 years, 9 months ago

"disgraceful if this is to happen, they have had far too much." lynn, harlow around 2 years, 9 months ago

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