If a life sentence is given to a child, they serve their detention period in Oberstown detention centre (pictured) until they are past the age of 18, after which they are moved to an adult prison. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

While a life sentence is mandatory for adults found guilty of murder, the same is not the case for those who were children, or under the age of 18 yea(...)

Ely Solan plays Jon Venables as a panicked, confused child. Leon Hughes makes something colder and more devious of Robert Thompson

“I never imagined that being the most-hated man in Britain would be so time-consuming,” Vincent Lambe sighs. “I have emails piling up that I can’t get(...)

A surveillance camera shows the abduction of Jamie Bulger (2), in February 1993. Vincent Lambe’s short film Detainment, based on the abduction and its aftermath, has been nominated for an Academy Award. Photograph: BWP Media via Getty Images

In Vincent Lambe’s short film Detainment, Jon Venables, a 10-year-old boy, is about to be questioned in relation to the horrific murder of two-year-ol(...)

Bumblebee at broad bean flowers. Illustration: Michael Viney

With a teenager’s devotion to a wild idea, I once turned the family greenhouse into a photographic darkroom. It was the only uncontested space, and it(...)

Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger in 1993, who admitted having more than 1,000 indecent images of children. Photograph: PA

One of the killers of British toddler James Bulger has been jailed for 40 months at the Old Bailey in London after he admitted having more than 1,000 (...)

Undated police handout photo of Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger. File photograph: PA Wire

One of toddler James Bulger’s killers has been charged over indecent images of children and his trial is to be held in private at an unnamed court, t(...)

Derek Paine, Greystones boat builder and collector of photographs. Photograph: Jack Clarke

Derek Paine, who has died aged 84, led a life intimately and devotedly connected to the sea and to the community in which he lived. He was a renowned (...)

New species: the emperor dragonfly arrived in 2000. Illustration: Michael Viney

Some of the scientific names for creatures have been so easy on the tongue that I would feel sorry to give up saying them, even to myself. Libellula q(...)

The staff of  Robert Thompson Funeral Directors in Waterford. Staff of Thompsons with Mickie McGuinness pictured third from left.

As Robert Thompson Funeral Directors has been going for more than 225 years and is looking to expand, you would be forgiven for believing the old line(...)

 Jon Venables, then aged 10,  poses for a mugshot for British authorities in February  1993, shortly after the killing of James Bulger.  Photograph: BWP Media/Getty Images

A man who tweeted images purporting to be of toddler James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables as an adult has received a 14-month suspended jail sentence fo(...)

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