As news is released that convicted child-killer, Jon Venables, is to be jailed for two years over shocking child pornography charges, we can now reveal that Venables was not even in court to hear his own sentence and he is currently not even in the country!
Police were so anxious to protect the new identity of Venables, that they provided a 'stand-in' to appear in the video-link that only the judge was allowed to see.
We can reveal that an actor was used throughout the entire proceedings. Even the Judge in charge of the case was unaware of the deception and has openly stated his shock upon hearing the news.
'I am extremely shocked', he said. 'I will have to take legal advice, this may invalidate the whole trial.'
Venable's lawyers are said to be working on their appeal, whilst the police have now finally admitted that Venables 'had been flown out of the country for his own safety'.
A police spokesman was keen to point out that this did not mean that Venables had gone on 'holiday' and that he would be working under strict supervision during his absence from the UK.
He refused to confirm a rumour that Venables had been spotted selling ice-creams to children on a beach in Benidorm.