A performing arts student who sent “vile” tweets to the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been jailed for three years.1chloeChloe 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.