Shameless star Tina Malone is summonsed to appear at High Court

Actress Tina Malone, pictured in Manchester on January 17, faces High Court proceedings

Actress Tina Malone, pictured in Manchester on January 17, faces High Court proceedings

Actress Tina Malone, pictured in Manchester on January 17, faces High Court proceedings

Actress Tina Malone faces contempt of court proceedings after re-tweeting a photograph allegedly showing James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables.

The 55-year actress from Liverpool, who has appeared in Shameless and Brookside, posted a series of messages on Facebook saying she had been served papers by the High Court.

One read: ‘I need a lawyer ASAP! I’ve been committed to the High Court!’

Another said: ‘I’ve had a wonderful day until I opened my front door five minutes ago! The High Court have served me!’

Venables and fellow killer Robert Thompson were given new identities following the murder in February 1993, which are strictly protected under the terms of a lifelong injunction.

The worldwide injunction bans any images or information relating to their identities being published or shared online – and anyone guilty of breaking it could face up to two years in jail.

Malone was accused of retweeting an image of Venables last year, prompting the police to launch an investigation. Speaking in March 2018, she defended her actions saying he should be ‘wiped from this earth’.

Jon Venables

Jon Venables

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

Jon Venables (left) and fellow killer Robert Thompson (right) were given new identities following the murder, which are strictly protected under the terms of a lifelong injunction

She told the Daily Star Sunday: ‘The police are only doing their job and if they’re going to caution me, arrest me, pull me in, or give me a slap on the wrist, I get that. 

‘They’d better be going for the two million other people who have shared Venables’ picture.’

‘Here I am posting a picture of a self-confessed paedo child-killer who has built a manual on how to rape a baby, yet I’m the one being threatened and vilified and possibly going to prison. You know what, do the crime, do the time.’

Malone, who is an ambassador of the The James Bulger Memorial Trust and is friends with James’s mother Denise Fergus and her husband Stuart, also claimed she ‘didn’t have a clue’ that sharing the image was illegal, adding: ‘I’m not au fait with the law.’

Liverpool-born actress Malone played Mimi Maguire in Channel 4 TV series Shameless

Liverpool-born actress Malone played Mimi Maguire in Channel 4 TV series Shameless

Liverpool-born actress Malone played Mimi Maguire in Channel 4 TV series Shameless

Venables and Thompson, then aged just ten, abducted, tortured and murdered two-year-old James in 1993.

Venables was released on licence from prison in 2001 but has been sent back to jail twice, in 2010 and 2018, for possessing indecent images of children.

An Attorney General’s Office spokesman confirmed it had summoned the actress to appear at the High Court and the summons related to a social media post last year.

He added: ‘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.’

A date for Malone’s hearing has yet to be fixed.

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