Mum’s plea to chief constable: Use advanced DNA techniques to help find Rikki’s killer

14:15 31 January 2014

Rikki Neave

Rikki Neave

Archant

In a letter to chief constable Simon Parr last December Ruth Neave said she was appealing to him since “though I was found not guilty of his murder it seems to me that you have failed in many respects”.

She claims that police never took notice of two young boys “who as good as admitted their involvement in his murder, even after a newspaper boy reported seeing them in that area.

There was also a report of a young boy being assaulted a few months earlier and in the same area “but this was neither investigated properly or the possible links to Rikki’s death considered”.

She also reminded Mr Parr that social services lost numerous files concerning her and her family’s background and these only came to light after Rikki’s death.

Ruth wants an explanation as she believes they are relevant to any inquiry into Rikki’s death.

After Rikki’s death, social services went into meltdown. Jobs were lost, files were mislaid or disappeared and even now, 20 years later, she believes within those files could be clues as to who did kill her son.

A decision to re-open the case was considered in 2005 but Ruth says she was never contacted even though her solicitor had been informed and it was only from talking to a friend she found out that inquiries were ongoing.

“Because of advances in DNA testing I want the pair of Rikki’s socks still in the hands of police to be checked with the national DNA database,” she said.

“Also with advances in obtaining fingerprints then the partial fingerprint can be lifted and checked against that same database. I was told it was not possible to do it but maybe today it is.

“All I ask is for justice for my son and answers to the questions I am asking.”

A police spokesman said: “We have examined the information passed to us. However, there is insufficient evidence to reopen the investigation.”

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:47
Pc David Littlemore. Picture: John O'Reilly.

Two policemen who assaulted a partially sighted man as he sat on a park bench with his dog in Peterborough narrowly escaped going to prison today.

Yesterday, 21:33

A 16 year-old youth has been left with severe head injuries after he was attacked tonight in Sutton near Ely.

Yesterday, 15:24
Mohammed Ahmed Miah.

A gang of fraudsters who swindled elderly and vulnerable victims across the country - including in Elm and March - out of £177,000 by claiming to be police officers have been jailed for a total of more than 10 years.

Yesterday, 15:02
Andrew Mattless helped run Wisbech Sea Cadets

A Wisbech paedophile who worked with young people in the town for three years without a police check, is among 101 people taken to court since David Cameron announced a crackdown on child porn.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition