Editor’s column: Justice for Rachel, at last

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Justice for Rachel Manning, at last.

Finally after 12 long years and four trials a man has been convicted for the murder of Rachel – a pretty, bright 19-year-old teenager whose life was brutally snuffed out and whose body was dumped in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club.

No-one can begin to imagine the grief and torment suffered by Rachel Manning’s parents. To lose a daughter is heartbreaking enough – to lose her at the hands of a brutal murderer is unthinkable. And to wait 12 years to see her killer convicted must have seemed a living nightmare.

The jury’s guilty verdict was a relief to the family who know nothing will bring Rachel back. But they accept that thanks to the modern techniques of DNA testing their daughter’s murderer was finally snared, brought to justice, and jailed for life.

It is a just conclusion and will hopefully help to give them some closure and the chance to rebuild their lives.

> Strictly Come Dancing is back on our TV screens this weekend heralding the official countdown to Strictly MK on October 26.

Dancers taking part in this glittering event are joined this week by OU librarian Anne Gambles who has booked the final place in the celebrity line-up.