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Suspected child killer James Watson attempted to flee to Thailand following his arrest on suspicion of murdering a six-year-old boy, a court heard today.
The 40-year-old is on trial at the Old Bailey in central London, accused of strangling little Rikki Neaves in a Peterborough forest in November 1994, when she was 13, before stripping naked and posing her body in a ” star shape”.
The court heard on Friday how after his arrest in April 2016, Watson absconded with a friend to Europe who had promised to take him to Thailand.
But his plans to reach the Far East soon fell apart, emails to his parole officer show, in which he declared, “I’m in a shit world,” while pleading to be taken home after ending up homeless. and wandering. the streets of Portugal.
Watson became the prime suspect after sophisticated technology found a “definitive match” between his DNA profile and samples taken from Rikki’s clothing as part of a new investigation into the case.
James Watson, who would have been 13 at the time, is now 40 and is on trial at the Old Bailey in London charged with the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave, which he denies.
Junior District Attorney Nathan Rasiah told the jury on Friday: “Police issued a press release that a man had been arrested in connection with the investigation, but in accordance with normal protocol did not identify the man they had arrested.”
After a final interview on April 20, Watson was released from police custody on bail, on the condition that he reside at a Northampton address with an 11 p.m. curfew, jurors heard.
“On June 27, 2016, in breach of the conditions of his license and bond, Mr Watson failed to return to the approved facility in Northampton by 11pm,” Rasiah said.
“As a result of that noncompliance, on June 28, 2016, his license was revoked and he was placed back in prison, which entitles a police officer to arrest him on the spot and then return him to prison.
Watson in the dock at the Old Bailey, charged with the murder of Rikki, who was found strangled in a forest 25 years ago when the defendant was 13.
‘As you don’t have a passport, you’ll have to go to the British Consulate so they can help you.’
A European arrest warrant was issued on July 29 requesting Watson’s extradition for violating the terms of his license.
On August 2, Watson was arrested in Lisbon at the Consulate building and was transferred home on August 12.
The prosecution has now closed his case and Watson is due to testify on Monday.
It comes after the court heard on Wednesday how 18 months before Rikki’s death, on April 14, 1993, Watson was accused of touching the genitals of a five-year-old boy in his bedroom when he was 12.
Prosecutor John Price, QC, said:
She reported that [her son] had told her that James Watson had “touched his penis and rubbed it up and down.”
On April 19, 1993, Watson was interviewed at Thorpewood Police Station in Peterborough.
Price said: “James Watson denied touching [the five-year-old boy] but said he had told [him] to ‘shake his penis after going to the bathroom.'”
Jurors heard that Watson admitted touching the five-year-old’s genitals in an interview with police on April 20, 2016, 23 years after the incident.
Watson had been arrested on suspicion of Rikki’s murder.
The officers began by asking him if he had a “s*xual taste” for younger children when he himself was young.
Police then referenced the five-year-old’s s*xual assault allegation, and Watson said he remembered it.
When asked to speak about it, he replied: ‘I don’t want to, I’ve been told about it.’
DC Nigel Ebdale asked: ‘Did it happen the way it has been described?’
‘Mhm, yes,’ replied Watson.
‘So you’ve touched [the five-year-old’s] penis?’ the detective asked.
Watson replies: ‘I did, yes…I told you I don’t want to talk about it. We were just two kids playing with each other’s dicks, it’s as simple as that.
Watson was reminded that he denied the allegation in 1993.
“What he’s saying now is that it actually happened the way I just described,” DC Ebdale continued.
“Mhm,” Watson responded.
‘If you liked little boys, is that why it happened?’ the investigator asked, to which he replied, ‘No.’
Jurors then heard more details about the alleged s*xual assault.