10. A Case to Answer
By BBC Radio 4
For more than 20 years the case of the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave went unsolved. In this new ten part investigation, award-winning journalist Winifred Robinson, has unearthed the truth through unprecedented access to police interview rooms, and follows the investigation as the police move in on the perpetrator.
It's a haunting and heart-breaking case filled with injustice, a story of vulnerable children, know to the authorities who should have been protected, a tale of lives wasted and cut short. You'll hear original police tapes never broadcast before, fresh testimony from suspects and witnesses, new and compelling evidence from forensic scientists. The series takes you inside the jury room and abroad as the manhunt closes in.
In Episode Ten of The Boy in the Woods the BBC Journalist, Winifred Robinson, reveals recordings of Rikki's step-father, Dean Neave, being questioned by police following the murder. Unlike Ruth Neave, Dean never faced charges of child neglect; but as Rikki's sister, Rochelle, reveals, the six year old was regularly beaten and ill treated by his step-Dad. Ruth herself thought Dean might have had a hand in what happened to him and in the wake of his death social services had many questions to answer.
The Boy in the Woods is Presented by BBC Journalist, Winifred Robinson; the Series Producer is Sue Mitchell
Sound Design is by Tom Brignall
The Editor is Philip Sellars
We would like to thank the Cambridgeshire Journalist, John Elworthy, for his help in the making of this series.