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Boyfriend wrongly convicted of teen's murder 'glad justice has been done'

The boyfriend wrongly convicted of Rachel Manning's murder more than a decade ago has told Daybreak he is "glad justice has been done".

Speaking after her killer Shahidul Ahmed was jailed for life, Barri White exclusively told Daybreak, "I'm glad he's behind bars, I'm glad justice has been done for her family and for Rachel."

Ahmed killed and brutally battered Miss Manning in December 2000, dumping her body in undergrowth at a golf course.

Mr White said he would not have left his girlfriend alone that night if he had known what was going to happen, adding, "But you can't live on what ifs can you?"

He was jailed for the 19-year-old's murder in 2002, but was later acquitted at a retrial in 2008.

Rachel Manning was 19 when she died. Credit: PA/PA Archive

Mr White said that he had not spoken to Miss Manning's parents since they expressed last week that they could never forget he "abandoned" their daughter on the night of her murder.

Mr White, who is now a father, told exclusively Daybreak: "I could not imagine losing my daughter. I could not imagine it.

"It must be one of the worst feelings in the world, especially to lose a daughter the way they [the Mannings] lost theirs."

He said that being wrongly convicted of Miss Manning's death was "devastating", adding, "It was one of the worst things that could have happened to me."