Rachel murder case postponed until summer

Rachel Manning
Rachel Manning

THE man accused of murdering teenager Rachel Manning eleven years ago has appeared at Luton Crown Court.

On Friday, Shahidul Ahmed appeared via a video link from Woodhill Prison, but will not enter a plea in the case until March next year.

Last week the 40-year-old from Chestnut Crescent in Bletchley appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court, where the case was passed to the Crown Court.

Pretty and bubbly Rachel 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 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.

Mr Ahmed was first arrested earlier this year and released on police bail. He was re-arrested last Monday, days before he was due to answer bail. The case will next be heard at Luton Crown Court on March 27, 2012 when the charge will be put to Mr Ahmed. There was no application for bail.