The double retrial – Rachel Manning murder retrial begins. Again.

The double retrial – Rachel Manning murder retrial begins. Again.


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In 2000, Rachel Manning, 19, was on a night out with her boyfriend. They had an argument and went their separate ways. She went missing and her body was found some days later at a golf club, in the undergrowth. She had been strangled and her face had been disfigured with a steering lock, which was later found some 500m away.

First trial: Barri White

Barri White, Rachel’s boyfriend, was arrested and charged with her murder. He was tried and convicted in 2002. A co-accused was convicted of perverting the course of justice (moving the body). White was given a life sentence with a 15-year minimum term. White had claimed he was at the co-accused’s house at the time of the murder. In 2003 there was a BBC Rough Justice programme about the case.

Mr White appealed and in 2007 he had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal. His co-accused’s conviction was also quashed. John Coffey QC, defending, said: “It is quite clear now that the jury (at the first trial) were seriously misled about the significance of these scientific findings.”

Second trial: Barri White

Barri White stood to be retried after the decision of the Court of Appeal to quash the conviction. The trial began in early 2008. After the forensic evidence was questioned, White was acquitted at the second trial.

Mr Shahidul Ahmed

Mr Ahmed, 41, was arrested in relation to a sexual assault (and subsequently convicted). When his DNA profile was obtained it proved to be a match for the profile found on the steering lock.

Third trial: Shaidul Ahmed

Earlier this year, Mr Ahmed was tried for murder. The DNA evidence linking Ahmed to Rachel’s body and to the steering lock was questioned.

The jury were unable to reach a verdict and they were dismissed. There would be another retrial.

Fourth trial: Shaidul Ahmed

The fourth trial, and second retrial, began this week.

The trial continues.

More detail

BBC News (13 August 2013)

ITV (18 February 2013)

Telegraph (16 January 2013)

Daily Mail (7 December 2011)

MW Web (17 December 2008)

British Murders (date unknown)

Lyndon is the General Editor of Current Sentencing Practice and the Criminal Appeal Reports (Sentencing)