Actress Tina Malone is facing an investigation by police after allegedly identifying child killer Jon Venables by posting a picture of him online.
The former Shameless star later admitted that she had no idea it was illegal to identify the killers of two-year-old James Bulger.
Malone has previously said she is friends with James Bulger’s mother Denise Fergus, but said she ‘didn’t have a clue it was illegal’.
Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday, Malone said:
I didn’t have a clue it was illegal. What are you going to do… prosecute me for posting a picture?.
I didn’t realise. I am not au fait with the law.
55-year-old Malone was also an ambassador for The James Bulger Memorial Trust and allegedly retweeted a picture which claimed to reveal the new identity of Bulger’s murderer.
Venables along with accomplice, Robert Thompson, were both aged 10 when they abducted, tortured and killed two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool, 1993.
They were released after serving eight years and were given new identities, with their anonymity being funded by the taxpayer.
Venables, who’s currently serving a 40-month prison sentence for possession of child abuse images, had his name reportedly ‘leaked’ by a group of prisoners who got hold of recent photos of him as well as details of which jail he’s being held in and his new name.
According to The Mirror, inmates want to leak the photos and information in order to ‘expose’ the child killer, labelling him ‘a dirty nonce’.
A court order banned the publication of pictures of Venables or Thompson by anyone anywhere in the world.
Last month, Venables was jailed for downloading 1,170 child abuse images, with some featuring babies.
He was also found with a manual that detailed how to rape young children.
Anyone in breach of the injunction, including outraged members of the public, could face jail for up to two years.
It’s currently believed Venables has been given a total of up to four new identities with each one costing £250,000.
Overall, it’s alleged he’s cost the justice system £5 million.