Ricky Navy’s killer faces life in the 1994 murder case.


The killer, who was brought to justice after strangling schoolboy Ricky Nave for more than 27 years, will be sentenced on Friday.

James Watson was 13 when he lured six-year-old Ricky to the woods near his home in Peterborough on November 28, 1994.

He strangled the boy from behind with a lingering or anorak collar, to fulfill a “wishful thinking” he had told his mother three days earlier.

He snatched Ricky and posed naked for sexual gratification, deliberately “exhibiting” him near the children’s forest base.

Ricky’s body was found the day after he went missing.

Police cordon off the forest along Welland Estate in Peterborough, near where Ricky New’s body was found (Cambus Police / PA) / PA Media

Police initially charged Ricky’s mother, Ruth New, with murder, but she was acquitted after a trial.

Watson was spoken to as a witness at the time because he was seen with Ricky on the day of his disappearance.

But his false account was not challenged and he was not considered a suspect until years later DNA advances linked him to Ricky’s discarded clothes.

The prosecution felt that there was still insufficient evidence, but withdrew its decision after Ms. Navy and Ricky’s sisters demanded the victim’s right to a review.

In April, Watson, now 41, was found guilty by the Old Bailey jury of murder after a 36-hour, 31-minute trial.

On Friday, Watson will return to the Old Bailey, where Justice McGowan will sentence him to life in prison, with a minimum period set before his release is considered.

James Watson, 41, convicted of killing Ricky New (CPS / PA) / PA Media

Earlier, the court heard how Watson’s sexual interest in young boys was known to police, who interviewed him in 1993 for allegedly molesting a five-year-old boy.

The court heard a more disturbing behavior at Watson’s children’s home, in which he masturbated on pictures of young boys in underwear and kept a dead partridge in his room.

The prosecution claimed that it was not a coincidence that three days before the murder, Watson was the source of a fake radio report about the strangulation of a two-year-old boy.

In similar circumstances, shortly after Ricky’s murder, Watson became obsessed with newspaper coverage of the murder, copying front-page stories from the school.

And an ex-girlfriend said he later strangled her during sex in the woods and killed a bird and spread its wings, in a horrific reconstruction of Ricky’s murder. Was

Peterborough Evening Telegraph front page with an article about Ricky New’s death on November 30, 1994 (CPS / PA) / PA Media

The judges heard that the main evidence in the case against Watson included the last meal of Ricky’s Vita Box, which was scheduled for his death around noon.

This meant that Ricky was killed shortly after he was seen walking into the woods with Watson, where he was playing.

Clark’s slippery Reiki shoes also indicated that his trip to the woods was a one-way street.

In a 2016 police interview, Watson tried to explain the presence of his DNA on Ricky’s clothes and claimed that he had picked it up to see diggers through a hole in the fence.

Prosecutor John Price QC said it was a “really big mistake” because police were able to prove that the fence did not exist in 1994.

Judges were told Watson had a long criminal record, including carjackings and arson of the British Transport Police Station.

Watson fled Portugal on bail on suspicion of murder, but was extradited back to Britain.

In his defense, Watson’s legal team raised a finger of suspicion against Ms. Navy, which he dismissed.

The defense said Watson could not have killed Ricky because he was seen alive on the afternoon of November 28.

However, the prosecution withdrew from the “ghost scene”, which falsely claimed that Ricky was wearing a red jumper or riding a BMX bike.

Ruth Navy’s mother, Ruth Navy’s court artist sketch, appearing via video link in Old Bailey, London (Elizabeth Cook / PA) / PA Wire

Following the verdict, Ms Navy thanked the jury for making the “right decision”, calling her son’s killer a “monster” but saying “this is not the time to celebrate as it should have never been.”

Reiki ‘s sister Rebecca added: “Although this day is a painful reminder of the loss we have all suffered, justice has finally been done.”

Former Assistant Chief Constable Paul Philwood, who led the Cold Case, said Watson was “an imaginary person, a dangerous person and a compelled liar.”

“Throughout the process, it has been a memorable series of challenges. But as far as we are concerned, we have found the right person responsible for the horrific, horrific murder of this little boy, Ricky New,” he said.

Hanna van Dedelsen, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the east of England, acknowledged that prosecuting Ms New was “wrong” and said she was “happy” that justice had been done.