Jamie Bulger's mother also raises concerns about "copycat" murders similar to her son's and Ana Kriegel's

Denise Fergus, whose son Jamie Bulger was murdered by two 10-year-olds when he was only two years old, now says that the convicted teen murderers of Irish schoolgirl Ana Kriegel should be publicly named.

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Speaking with The Irish Daily Star, Fergus said of Kriegel's murderers: “I do think they should be named.

“One day they will be released, but just as long as they know what they have done is totally wrong, they may be forgiven for it then."

Fergus’s son Jamie Bulger was only two years old when 10-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables abducted, assaulted, and murdered him in 1993.

Upon their 2001 release, the two convicted killers were given new identities, which Fergus now says should not be extended to Boy A and Boy B, the nicknames given to the Irish teens who lured, assaulted, and murdered Kriegel in Dublin in 2018.

At the time of their crimes, Boy A and Boy B were only 13 years old. Now 15, Irish laws prevent them from being publicly named due to their age. 

Fergus said: “There’s not going to be any doubt in anyone’s minds, everyone will know who they are and what they’ve done. Their names will be leaked out there somehow. Social media makes the world such a small place to live in now.

“There will be people out there who know who these kids are and they are not going to row back on naming them.”

Earlier this week the two teens received their sentences:  Boy A was sentenced to life imprisonment with a possibility of review in 12 years time, while Boy B was been sentenced to 15 years in prison with the possibility of review in eight years.

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Fergus, who runs now the James Bulger Memorial Trust, says she fearful of ‘copycats’ of both her son's and Kriegel's murder.

“I did state years ago and I still do to this day, if cases like this if they’re not properly punished then there will be copycat cases and this exactly what’s happening.

“Here we are 25 years on and it’s happened again to another family. James’s case is always getting talked about in schools now.

"What was there to stop (Boy A) from Googling the case and that’s how he learned more about it?

“I just hope for Ana’s parents and her family that they a leaf out of this case and do the right thing for them and give them the justice they deserve for their little girl.”

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