'Shameless' Star Tina Malone Served Court Summons Over James Bulger Killer Post

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An injunction prevents the identification of killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, seen here aged 10.

Actress Tina Malone faces contempt of court proceedings over a social media post which purportedly identified one of the killers of toddler James Bulger.

The ‘Shameless’ star is accused of sharing an image of a person described as being Jon Venables. 

There is a global ban on publishing anything that reveals the identities of Venables and Robert Thompson, who have been living anonymously with new identities since being released from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of two-year-old James 25 years ago when they were aged 10. 

Malone said on Facebook on Friday that she had received a High Court summons and asked for help finding a lawyer.

Malone wrote on Facebook: “I need a lawyer asap!!!! Iv been committed to the high court!!!”

In another post she wrote: “Iv had a wonderful day till i opened my front door 5mins ago!!! The high court have served me!! (sic)

The Attorney General’s Office confirmed it had sent a summons to Malone.

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Tina Malone has said she needs legal assistance after she received a High Court summons.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office said: “The Law Officers will review contempt of court allegations made to them, but they cannot comment on the nature of any investigations.

“The Law Officers remind everyone that an injunction is in place which prevents publication of any images or information claiming to identify anyone as Jon Venables or Robert Thompson.”

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