Rikki Neave murder suspect tells court in Portugal he will not contest extradition - UK police set to fly out to bring him home

PUBLISHED: 09:58 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:58 05 August 2016

One of the images posted on Facebook by James Watson

One of the images posted on Facebook by James Watson

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A 35-year-old suspect who fled the country whilst on police bail in connection with the murder of Rikki Neave will not contest extradition back to the UK.

James Watson appeared before a court in Portugal yesterday and Cambridgeshire police confirmed today “he is not fighting extradition proceedings.”

A spokesman said: “The force now has 10 days to return him to the UK.”

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit will travel to Lisbon, Portugal next week to bring him home.

The spokesman added: “We continue to work with the National Crime Agency and Polícia Judiciária.”

The identity of the suspect had not been revealed until he ‘outed’ himself after fleeing the country hidden in a motor van.

James Watson has since posted photos to his Facebook page – and made them widely available to the media- as he sunbathed, rested, and poked fun at the police during his time on the continent.

Watson went firstly to Calais and then travelled through Europe to finally end up in Portugal.

Watson was arrested in April of this year and given police bail to return to a Cambridgeshire police station on September 20.

Bail conditions including living at a hostel outside of Cambridgeshire (in Northamptonshire) and his movements were managed by another force. Police were made aware on July 15 that he had breached his police bail by travelling overseas and UK police began talks with police on the continent to locate him and ensure his return to this country.

Watson is likely to face a return to prison on his return to this country as he was on licence in connection with an unrelated incident.


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