Rikki Neave’s evil killer LOSES appeal against conviction for murder of boy, 6, almost 30 years ago

RIKKI Neave’s killer has lost an appeal against his conviction for killing the six-year-old.

James Watson was just 13 when he strangled Rikki to death five minutes from his home in Peterborough, Cambs, in 1994.

Rikki Neave was murdered in 1994


Rikki Neave was murdered in 1994Photo credit: PA
James Watson was imprisoned for murder


James Watson was imprisoned for murderPhoto credit: PA

Watson, now 40, was found guilty of murder last June and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 15 years.

He lost an appeal against his conviction today after filing a bid with the Court of Appeal.

More than 20 years after the murder, Watson was eventually charged with Rikki’s murder when his DNA was found on the boy’s clothing.

The youngster’s mother, Ruth Neave, stood trial for murder but was acquitted – leading to a 27-year criminal case.

She had called 999 on the evening of November 28, 1994 to report her son missing.

Rikki’s body was discovered the next day by a police officer in a wooded area near the Peterborough housing estate where he lived.

Watson strangled Rikki and then, for his sexual gratification, placed the naked youth “deliberately in a star shape with his arms outstretched and his legs wide apart”.

Shockingly, the killer stayed with Rikki’s body for an hour before leaving the boy uncovered in the woods.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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