A British man now living in New Zealand has become the target of a hate campaign after being wrongly accused of being one of the killers of English toddler James Bulger in 1993, it was reported Sunday.
Pamphlets alleging notorious child killer Robert Thompson is living under an assumed identity in New Zealand were delivered to houses on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula near Auckland, the Herald on Sunday said.
The leaflets, claiming to be from a British group called James Bulger's Memorial Group of Concerned Citizens, asked: "Are You Living Next to a Monstrous Murderer?"
It identified a man by his first name and stated that he was being harboured by British relatives.
However, New Zealand police have investigated and say they are satisfied the man is not Thompson and they have dismissed the pamphlets, which were circulated last June, as "scaremongering".
Two-year-old Bulger was tortured, beaten and stoned to death by 10-year-olds Thompson and Jon Venables in Liverpool in 1993.
When they were released under new identities from youth detention centres in 2001 a British newspaper alleged Thompson would be sent to New Zealand, a claim denied by then Prime Minister Helen Clark.
The man identified in the letter moved to New Zealand four years ago and is now applying for citizenship.
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