Not guilty plea in Rachel Manning murder case

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A MAN accused of murdering teenager Rachel Manning has pleaded not guilty.

Miss Manning was found dead at Woburn Golf Club on December 12, 2000. The 18-year-old had gone missing two days previously after leaving a city centre nightclub in the early hours of December 10.

Rachel Manning

Rachel Manning

Shahidul Ahmed, 40, from Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, appeared at the Old Bailey today to answer a charge of murder.

Pretty and bubbly Rachel disappeared after leaving a city centre nightclub in the early hours of December 10, 2000.

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 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 overturned after an appeal and retrial found the pair innocent.

The case has been adjourned until January 14 when a full trial will take place. It is expected to be heard at Luton Crown Court.