A 41-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 15 years for the murder of student Rikki Neave, who was found strangled in a forest near Peterborough nearly 28 years ago.
James Watson, with no fixed abode, was convicted in April at London’s Old Bailey of the 1994 murder after a 2016 DNA discovery revealed that, at age 13, he was in physical contact with his six-year-old son. -old on the day of his disappearance.
Watson, who has a long list of previous convictions, including sexual assault, evaded detection for more than two decades, changing his account of his interactions with Neave as evidence piled up against him.
Judge McGowan sentenced Watson on Friday as if he were a teenager, as is required by law, saying he must spend at least 15 years in prison before being considered for release.
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