Video: Dramatic plea by Ruth Neave to find her son’s killer- almost 20 years to the day after his body was found on housing estate

13:55 28 November 2014

Ruth Neave .

Ruth Neave .


Ruth Neave spoke for the first time publicly today of the 20 years almost to the day since her six year-old son Rikki was found murdered.

Ruth Neave and Gary Rogers.Ruth Neave and Gary Rogers.

“The past 20 years of my life has been a nightmare,” she said. “My life changed when Rikki was killed and I died inside too.

“It will never ever be the same ever again. I have been intimidated, bullied, threatened and guess what? I am not going away ever, I will do what I have to do to get to the truth, and no-one is ever going to stop me.”

Ruth appealed at a press conference at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March, for anyone who knows anything of her son’s murder to come forward.

It is 20 years tomorrow since the former March mum’s son was founded dead on the Welland estate, Peterborough. He had been strangled and his body left sprawled out in a copse near to the family home.

Rikki NeaveRikki Neave

Ruth was later tried and acquitted of his murder but jailed for seven years after admitting cruelty to him and his two sisters. That case is now subject to separate proceedings to for it to re-examined.

Since her re-marriage four years ago she and her husband, Gary, have campaigned for the murder inquiry to be re-opened.

“My Rikki was the most beautiful person I have ever known, he was sweet, cheeky, and full of life and mischief and he had not a bad bone in his body,” she said. “I love him so much it hurts.

“Rikki was so very bright. He idolized his sisters’ and yes there were tantrums, arguing, fall outs and shouting that went on, but he loved them totally.

Campaign to find the killer of Rikki NeaveCampaign to find the killer of Rikki Neave

“What really broke my heart that was the fact I never was allowed to have anything of Rikki and what was Rikki’s was destroyed and trashed by neighbours, photos of Rikki were sold to the press for drugs. I know that as a fact because a person said it in their statement at the time and said who gave the pictures to them after Rikki died. The fact is no-one can take my memories away from me or the truth.”

Ruth has recently met the head of Cambridgeshire major crimes, Det Supt Paul Fullwood, and the head of the cold case team, to press for the case to be re-opened. She believes she has found enough evidence within court statements – which have recently been made available to her- to justify a fresh police investigation.

Det Supt Fullwood has asked for time to re-examine the evidence before deciding if there are grounds for the inquiry to be re-opened.


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