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Trial set for man accused of murdering six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994 | UK News

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A man accused of murdering a six-year-old more than two decades ago will face trial in the autumn.

James Watson, 38, was charged on Monday with the murder of Rikki Neave in Peterborough between November 28 and November 29 1994.

Rikki disappeared on the morning of 28 November on his walk to school.

A policeman leaves flowers at Welland County Primary School in Peterborough, the school of murdered six-year-old Rikki Neave, whose naked body was found dumped in undergrowth 500 yards from his home.
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A police officer lays flowers at Welland County Primary School in Peterborough, soon after Rikki’s death

His naked body was found the following day in woodland a few minutes’ walk from his home in Redmile Walk, Welland, in Peterborough.

His uniform had been put in a bin and he had been strangled.

Watson, who has no fixed address, would have been 13 years old at the time.

On Friday he appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from Bedford jail.

The trial date was scheduled to begin on 5 October with a plea and case management hearing on 1 May and a further hearing on 5 June.

Watson was remanded in custody.

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