Student who sent ‘vile’ tweets to murdered James Bulger’s mother jailed for three years

A performing arts student who sent “vile” tweets to the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been jailed for three years.

Chloe Cowan – who wasn’t even born when James was murdered 22 years ago – trolled his mother Denise Fergus “with a cruelty which was truly breathtaking”, a judge said.

The 20-year-old created Twitter accounts in the names of ‘Bulger’s Ghost’ and ‘John Venables’- one of James’ killers.

When police raided Cowan’s Margate home they found pictures of dead and mutilated babies and a photograph of James’ grave on her computer.

A victim impact statement made by Mrs Fergus said at times she “felt unable to leave her house” due to the abuse.

Cowan admitted a stalking offence causing serious alarm or distress.

As well as being jailed, she was given a restraining order and banned from contacted Mrs Fergus or her family.

James was two when he was abducted and murdered by 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993. | Photo:

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