Ruth Neave to ‘face the cameras’ on 20th anniversary of murder of her son Rikki

Rikki Neave whose body was found a few hundred yards from his Peterborough home. Photo supplied

Rikki Neave whose body was found a few hundred yards from his Peterborough home. Photo supplied

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The mother of murdered Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave says she will face the cameras on the 20th anniversary of his killing, Friday, 28 November.

Ruth Neave and her husband Gary are planning to hold a press conference to raise a number of issues surrounding the police investigation into the youngster’s murder.

In a message to the media and signed by Ruth Neave, she states: “I have arranged a press conference when I will face the cameras and we will respond to questions on the 20th anniversary of my son’s murder.

She adds: “I will be releasing a presentation video of evidence one week before.”

The press conference is to be held in March, Cambridgeshire on 28 November.

The couple say their evidence has come from the case files, which they have had access to since March this year.

They say that the files show that for 20 years Ruth has been telling the truth.

Ruth Neave was cleared of murdering her son by a jury after a month-long trial at Northampton Crown Court in October 1996.

But the jury heard about a catalogue of cruelty that she had dealt out to the youngster and other children.

She pleaded guilty to five charges of cruelty to Rikki and two other children, including her daughter Rebecca.

She was sentenced to seven years in jail.

Rikki’s body was found spread-eagled in woodland off Eye Road, adjacent to the Paston Parkway, Peterborough.

He was discovered 500 yards from his family home in Redmile Walk, in Welland on a foggy day at about noon on November 29, 1994.

He had been strangled with a ligature but had not been sexually assaulted.

Detectives are currently examining a number of issues raised by Ruth Neave surrounding their inquiries.

It follows a similar examination by police late last year after which detectives announced there was no new evidence and they were not prepared to reopen the case.

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Ten years ago Ruth Neave spoke out to call for her son’s killer to be brought to justice.

She told the Evening Telegraph at that time that she had never got over Rikki’s death.

She said: “I was acquitted of his murder and I hope that one day the police will find his killer.”

She added: “It will be particularly difficult for me on the 29th of November knowing that he would now be 16 had he lived.”

Ruth Neave was arrested in Chatteris on 19 January, 1995 and appeared before Peterborough magistrates 11 days later accused of cruelty towards Rikki.

The youngster’s funeral was held in King’s Lynn in February 1995 and in May his mother was charged with his murder.

While Ruth Neave was unanimously cleared of murder by a jury, she was jailed for seven years after admitting five charges of cruelty to Rikki and two other children.

She was released in 2000.

Rikki, who had been a pupil at Welland Primary School, in Scalford Drive, Peterborough, had been reported missing by his mother at about 6pm on November 28.

It sparked a huge search for the boy by police and many members of the public.

His body was found on an area of wasteland.

He had been strangled with a ligature but had not been sexually assaulted.