By Samantha Day • 17 February 2020 • 21:51
A 38-year-old man has been charged with the 1994 murder of six-year-old schoolboy Rikki Neave.
Little Rikki was found dead and stripped naked in woodland a few minutes walk from his home in, Peterborough, England, on November 29 1994.
He was last seen walking to school at around 9am the previous day. Test shows he had been strangled and his clothes were found dumped in a bin 150 yards from his body the next day.
Today father-of-one James Watson, 38, who would have been 13 at the time, was charged with his murder.
His mother Ruth Neave was accused of his murder but she was acquitted and jailed instead for child cruelty.
On her release from prison she campaigned tirelessly for the case to be re-opened.
In 2014, police looked again at the cold case and began re-investigating in 2015.
Cambridgeshire assistant Chief Constable Paul Fullwood, who led the high profile investigation, said: ‘The cold case review into Rikki’s murder was undertaken by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit in 2014.
‘We began re-investigating the case in 2015 and following extensive investigative work, we have now been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge James Watson in connection with his death.’
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