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Rachel Manning murder trial: No evidence from accused

Rachel Manning
Image caption Rachel Manning's body was found in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club two days after she went missing in December 2000

A man accused of murdering a teenager in Milton Keynes more than 12 years ago will not give evidence at his trial, a jury has been told.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, from Bletchley, denies murdering 19-year-old Rachel Manning, who went missing after a night out in December 2000.

She was found strangled at Woburn Golf Club two days later.

Luton Crown Court has heard Mr Ahmed sexually assaulted a student who had been on a night out in May 2010.

She believed Mr Ahmed, of Chestnut Crescent, was driving a taxi but got out of his car when he touched her indecently, the jury were told.

It was later found his DNA matched a hair on Miss Manning's shorts and a DNA trace found on the handle of a steering lock.

The steering lock was found 500m from her body and had been used to disfigure her face after death.

Convictions quashed

Miss Manning, a shop assistant, had been to a 70s fancy dress party and a nightclub with her boyfriend Barri White.

They became separated outside the club in the early hours of 10 December, with Miss Manning later calling her boyfriend from a phone box to say she was lost.

The couple agreed to meet at a nearby Blockbuster, with Mr White driven there by his friend Keith Hyatt.

Miss Manning never showed up and was found dead on 12 December.

Mr White and Mr Hyatt went on trial for Miss Manning's murder in 2002, with Mr White convicted of murder and jailed for life.

Mr Hyatt was convicted of perverting the course of justice and was in prison for three years of a five-year sentence.

Both convictions were quashed in 2008 after a BBC Rough Justice documentary questioned the forensic evidence used to convict them.

Mr White, who had served almost six years in prison, was acquitted at a retrial.

Mr Ahmed's trial continues.

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