Rachel Manning compensation deal

Two men wrongly convicted over the murder of teenager Rachel Manning will be compensated by the Ministry of Justice.

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Compensation for men wrongly convicted over teenager Rachel Manning's murder

A man who was wrongly jailed in connection with the murder of teenager Rachel Manning has given his reaction to the news that he is to receive compensation.

Keith Hyatt was jailed in 2002 and spent two and a half years in prison before his conviction for perverting the course of justice was quashed.

Barri White, Miss Manning's former boyfriend, was wrongly jailed for her murder.Earlier this month, another man was found guilty of the killing.

It is not yet known how much money the pair will receive in compensation from the Ministry of Justice although a deal has now been struck.

Eleven years after his world was turned upside down, Matthew Hudson went to see Mr Hyatt at his home.

Men wrongly convicted over Rachel Manning killing will be compensated

Rachel Manning who was killed in December 2000 Credit: PA / PA Archive

One of the two men wrongly convicted over the killing of 19-year-old Rachel Manning has confirmed they have reached a deal over compensation with the Ministry of Justice.

Miss Manning went missing in 2000 after a fancy dress party in Milton Keynes and her body was found two days later.

In 2002, her former boyfriend Barri White was convicted of murder while his friend Keith Hyatt was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Both judgements were quashed in 2007.

Today, Mr Hyatt told ITV News Anglia he and Mr White had now reached an agreement with the government which would see them both compensated for their wrongful convictions.

Mr White spent six years in jail before being cleared following a retrial in 2008.

Earlier this month, more than 12 years after the murder, Shahidul Ahmed was jailed for life for brutally killing the teenager.

The 41-year-old was put on trial after DNA evidence linking him to Miss Manning's death was discovered following his arrest for a sexual assault in 2010.


Rachel Manning's real killer brought to justice

After 13 years and four trials, which led to two men being wrongfully imprisoned, the real killer of Rachel Manning has finally been brought to justice.

41-year-old Shahidul Ahmed was today found guilty of murdering the teenager and dumping her body at Woburn golf club near Milton Keynes.

He was caught when DNA taken after an assault in 2010, linked him to a sample collected a decade before. Today he was jailed for life at Luton Crown Court.

Click below to see Olivia Paterson's report:

Rachel Manning's family release statement

Rachel Manning.

Rachel Manning's mother, Liz, father, Paul and brother Tom have released the following statement:

“In December 2000 our beautiful daughter and sister Rachel was taken from our lives. We have had to cope with our loss and the legal processes that have followed.

"At all times we believe the Police have followed the evidence available, but as a consequence, we have had to go through four trials and an appeal and each time it has forced us to relive the grief.

"Over that time we have had considerable support from family, friends and colleagues which has been invaluable and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.

“We are relieved with the verdict that has been reached today and appreciate that although the jury has been presented with many complexities during the evidence they have been able to reach what we consider a just conclusion.

“We are grateful to the person who found Rachel within two days of her disappearance, despite being hidden in dense undergrowth.

"We are also grateful to the Good Samaritan who came to the aid of Shahidul Ahmed’s most recent victim, for without his actions, the DNA evidence crucial in this conviction would never have come to light.

“We would like to thank the Police for their tireless efforts to bring Rachel’s killer to justice and for their professionalism and compassion in supporting our family and to Court staff for making the whole process more bearable.

“We believe Rachel would still be with us today if she had not been abandoned by her boyfriend the night she was attacked, killed and brutally battered. We cannot forget that."

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White: 'Documentary was key in questioning conviction'

The former boyfriend of Rachel Manning has said that he would not be a free man now if a television documentary had not raised questions over his murder conviction.

Barri White was convicted of her murder in 2002, but five years later this was quashed by appeal judges and he was acquitted in 2008 after a re-trial.

Barri White, who was wrongly convicted of killing 19-year-old Rachel Manning Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The retrial came after the case was featured on a BBC Rough Justice documentary which raised questions about key scientific evidence in the first trial.


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DNA evidence linked Shahidul Ahmed to murder case

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, was put on trial after DNA evidence linking him to Rachel Manning's death was discovered following his arrest for an unrelated matter in 2010.

Shahidul Ahmed who has been convicted of killing shop assistant Rachel Manning. Credit: PA Wire

He hit Miss Manning repeatedly with a steering lock after she was dead, causing broken bones, Luton Crown Court heard.

DNA found on the steering lock matched Bangladesh-born Ahmed after it was discovered by the road on the direct route between the spot where the body was hidden and Shahidul Ahmed's home.

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CPS: Shahidul Ahmed is an 'extremely dangerous' man

Following the sentencing of Shahidul Ahmed, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he was an "extremely dangerous" man who already had convictions for sexual assault.

We may never know for sure what happened that night, or why Ahmed murdered Rachel, but what we do know is that Ahmed is an extremely dangerous man who was convicted last year of a sexual assault against another young woman.

Had it not been for his arrest for that offence Ahmed may never have been brought to justice for Rachel’s murder. It is thanks to developments in DNA evidence techniques that we are able to secure this conviction today.

Two innocent men were imprisoned as a result of this terrible crime and we hope that this conviction represents closure for them too.

– Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service
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