VICIOUS killer Barri White collapsed dramatically in the dock as he was jailed for life for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Rachel Manning.
VICIOUS killer Barri White collapsed
dramatically in the dock as he was jailed for life for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Rachel Manning.
Sobbing uncontrollably 22-year-old White, of Epsom Grove, Bletchley, who strangled the pretty 19-year-old and plotted to hide her body, screamed at the Aylesbury Crown Court judge as he was led to the cells.
His friend Keith Hyatt, aged 49, of Carroll Close, Newport Pagnell, also broke down in tears as he was jailed for five years for helping White dispose of the body in the middle of the night at Woburn Golf Course. He was found not guilty of murder.
Police officers had to restrain the pair's friends and family in the highly charged public gallery when the jury gave its verdict after more than six hours of deliberation.
In a rare step, the judge adjourned the court for 10 minutes to allow the hysteria to abate.
Rachel's family sat white-faced, maintaining the dignified silence they had displayed since the beginning of the five-week trial.
Just once, when Judge Daniel Rodwell QC spoke of the "truly horrible" murder, which involved the 19-year-old being beaten about the face with a steering wheel lock after death, did her schoolteacher mother Liz put her head in her hands and sob.
Said Judge Rodwell: "For reasons we do not know this unfortunate young girl, who is
described as being charming, sweet, friendly, witty and a person without an enemy in the world, was strangled to death on a cold
December morning when she was seeking help.
"That in itself is a ghastly event... She was then taken to a golf course and dumped and her face disfigured by a number of heavy blows, no doubt in order to try to prevent identification.
"To have been thus treated after death can only compound the horror of what happened."
He told Rachel's killer: "As far as you are concerned, Barri White, there is only one sentence and that is one of life imprisonment."
After the trial, Rachel's parents said: "We think the verdict is a just one. It is right that Rachel's murderer is being held to account for his actions.
"But nothing can bring our beautiful daughter back.
"We are facing a life sentence without a precious loved one."
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