James Bulger’s mother delivers heartbreaking news to the family of man murdered with machetes by 12-year-olds
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James Bulger’s mother delivers heartbreaking news to the family of man murdered with machetes by 12-year-olds

Denise Fergus has offered her support after two 12-year-old boys were jailed for hacking Shawn Seesahai’s home to death – becoming the UK’s youngest murderer since the killing of James Bulger by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993.

Denise Fergus offered her support after two 12-year-old boys were convicted of the machete murder of Shawn Seesahai(Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

James Bulger’s mum says the family of a man brutally stabbed to death by two 12-year-olds have joined her as members of the “scariest club”.

Denise Fergus offered her support after the boys, who cannot be named, were convicted of the machete murder of Shawn Seesahai. They both became Britain’s youngest murderers since James was murdered by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993.




Denise, 56, said: “I can’t express how sorry I am to the Seesahai family. The saddest thing is that I know what they are going through. I know the void that such a death leaves in their families, in their lives. Nothing will ever heal this. I want to tell them I’m here if they ever want to talk. I want to support them if I can.

“You won’t understand this until you become a special member of the most terrible club. Losing a child at any time is terrible, but the Seesahai family must now understand that their son was murdered by children like James. It makes the nightmare harder to deal with.”

James was killed by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993

Denise stated that Shawn’s killers must serve a “full life sentence”, be transferred to an adult prison at the age of 18 and immediately enter a rehabilitation program. Venables and Thompson – both 11 and convicted of murdering her two-year-old son – served just under eight years in a young offenders’ centre. Venables was a repeat offender and returned to prison for downloading indecent images of children.

Denise said: “What happened this week sent shivers down my spine. Seeing that two children only 12 years old could be capable of such evil brought back some of the feelings I felt back in 1993. There are lessons to be learned from the way my son James’ killers were treated. Rehabilitation programs should start now. I appreciate that they will have to stay in juvenile detention until they are 16, but from then on they will have to go to a real prison. These offenses must be punished with an adult sentence.

Robert Thompson, pictured at age 13(ANNUALLY)
Venables was a repeat offender and returned to prison for downloading indecent images of children(ANNUALLY)

“We saw what happened to James’ killers. They never went to adult prison, served less than eight years for murder, and were released at 18. Jon Venables has spent his life in and out of prison, committing repeated crimes. These killers must serve adult sentences. The justice system must once again show the public that lessons have been learned.”

The boys attacked a complete stranger, 19-year-old Shawn, in a Wolverhampton park. The trial at Nottingham Crown Court heard that Shawn, of Handsworth, Birming-ham, was “chopped” with a 16-inch blade and stabbed through the heart. A friend who was with him escaped, but said Shawn tripped as he tried to escape on November 13.