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Murder trial jury dismissed

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Rachel Manning, whose body was found at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trial of Shahidul Ahmed, accused of the murder of teenager Rachel Manning in 2000, has been dismissed after failing to reach a verdict.

The jury at Luton Crown Court spent a total of 24 hours and 20 minutes trying to reach a decision before being dimissed by the judge.

Rachel Manning, 19, was found strangled in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000.

Her boyfriend Barri White was convicted of murder but acquitted in 2008, after serving six years in jail.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, of Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, denied murder. The prosecution has asked for a retrial

Jury out in murder trial

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Rachel Manning Credit: PA

A jury is considering its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering a teenager in Milton Keynes 13 years ago.

Rachel Manning, 19, was found strangled in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000.

Her boyfriend Barri White was convicted of murder but acquitted in 2008, after serving six years in jail.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, of Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, denies murder.

Taxi driver accused of murder won't be giving evidence

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A taxi driver accused of murdering Rachel Manning whose body was dumped on an exclusive golf course is not going to give evidence. Shahidul Ahmed denies killing 19 year old Rachel, who became separated from her boyfriend after a 1970s fancy dress party.

She was strangled and her body left in thick undergrowth by her killer in the grounds of Woburn Golf Club in Bucks. Today Ahmed's barrister Michael Borrelli QC told the jury of 7 women and 5 men: "We do not seek to call the defendant.

We will call further evidence."

The case was adjourned by Mr Justice Wilkie and the defence case will resume tomorrow.

Man jailed for a murder he didn't commit gives evidence in new trial

A man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend, then later cleared, told today how he searched for her on the night she went missing.

Barri White was giving evidence in the trial of a man accused of killing Rachel Manning.

The 18-year-old shop assistant was strangled after making a late night call from a public phone box in Milton Keynes. Her body was then driven to a golf course and dumped in the undergrowth.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, denies committing the murder in December 2000 for which Mr White was convicted in 2002.

The conviction was quashed on appeal and Mr White was acquitted at a retrial in 2008.

Today he looked across the court from the witness box at the accused in the glass-fronted dock as he told how he spent the evening with Miss Manning at Chicago's nightclub in Milton Keynes.

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