Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Man, 40, denies teenager's murder

Rachel Manning's body was found dumped on a golf course 12 years ago

A 40-year-old man has denied murdering teenager Rachel Manning, whose body was found dumped on a golf course 12 years ago.

Miss Manning, 18, was found dead at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes on December 12 2000.

She went missing two days earlier after a 1960s-themed fancy dress party at Bradwell Village Hall.

Her body was found by workmen laying cable on a new course. She had been strangled and had suffered facial injuries.

Shahidul Ahmed appeared at the Old Bailey by video link and, through an interpreter, he confirmed his name and pleaded not guilty to murdering Miss Manning between December 9 and December 13 2000. He said: "I did not kill her."

A post-mortem examination revealed Miss Manning had been repeatedly struck about the head with a blunt object before being asphyxiated.

The shop assistant, who lived with friends in a house in the Wolverton area of Milton Keynes, was last spotted leaving the Chicago Rock Cafe in Milton Keynes where she had been celebrating her boyfriend's mother's 40th birthday. Detectives believe she got into a car after leaving the venue to take a taxi home.

Miss Manning's boyfriend Barri White and another man were jailed over her murder at Aylesbury Crown Court in 2002, but had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal five years later.

Mr White faced a retrial but was subsequently acquitted in 2008 after serving six years in jail and the investigation was re-opened.

Ahmed, from Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, is expected to stand trial at Luton Crown Court in January.

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