NEW forensic evidence could finally solve the 11-year-old mystery of who killed city teenager Rachel Manning.
Bletchley man Shahidul Ahmed was charged with murder on Tuesday night, just days before the anniversary of Rachel’s death.
The 40-year-old appeared in Milton Keynes Magistrates yesterday, speaking through a Bangladeshi interpreter to confirm his name and his Chestnut Crescent address.
The case , to be heard at Luton Crown Court next year, could prove the final chapter in the most complicated murder enquiry the city has ever seen.
Pretty and bubbly Rachel, 19PART , disappeared after leaving a city centre nightclub in the early hours of December 10, 2000.
Two days later her body was found in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club. She had been strangled then beaten about the face after she died.
In 2002 Rachel’s boyfriend Barri White was convicted of her murder and given life imprisonment. His friend Keith Hyatt was sentenced to five years for moving her body.
But six years later the convictions were dramatically overturned after an appeal and retrial found the pair innocent.
Police immediately re-opened the investigation, with a £25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
Shahidul Ahmed was first arrested early this year and released on police bail.
He was re-arrested on Monday, days before he was due to answer bail.
Police have confirmed that new forensic evidence came to light.