Suspect in murder case is returned to UK from Portugal

Rikki Neave

A man arrested in Portugal in connection with the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave more than two decades ago has been returned to the UK.

The 35-year-old man, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was arrested by local officers in Lisbon.

After a court appearance in Portugal on August 4, 2016 he was extradited to the UK, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Rikki was found strangled in woodland near his home in Peterborough in November 1994.

The man was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of breaching his licence and has been taken to Bedford prison to be dealt with by the probation service.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit travelled to Portugal to return the man, working with the National Crime Agency, police in Portugal and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The suspect’s age means he would have been a juvenile at the time of Rikki’s death.

In April, police said they had detained a man in his 30s from Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire police relaunched an investigation into the boy’s death last June, building a timeline of his last movements.

In November, detectives said in a Crimewatch appeal that they wanted to speak to two teenage boys over the killing.

The boy’s mother, Ruth Neave, was charged with murder at the time but found not guilty by a jury.

She admitted child neglect and cruelty and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Rikki Neave was last seen leaving his Welland estate home for school on the morning of 28 November 1994.

His body was found the next day in a wooded area about five minutes walk away.

He had died as a result of compression to the neck, post-mortem tests found.


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