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Rachel Manning murder: Shahidul Ahmed denies golf course body killing

Rachel Manning
Image caption Rachel Manning's body was discovered at Woburn Golf Club

A 40-year-old man has denied murdering a woman whose body was found dumped on a golf course 12 years ago.

Rachel Manning, 19, was found dead at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, on 12 December 2000.

Shahidul Ahmed appeared at the Old Bailey by video link and through an interpreter confirmed his name and pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Mr Ahmed, from Chestnut Crescent in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, was remanded in custody.

He is expected to stand trial at Luton Crown Court in January.

Miss Manning's boyfriend Barri White and another man were jailed over her murder at Aylesbury Crown Court in 2002, but had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal five years later.

Mr White faced a retrial but was subsequently acquitted in 2008 after serving six years in prison. The investigation was subsequently reopened.

Mr Ahmed was charged with the teenager's murder in December 2011.

Miss Manning's body was found by workmen laying cable on a new course at the golf club.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had been repeatedly struck about the head with a blunt object before being asphyxiated.

The teenager went missing two days beforehand after attending a 1960s-themed fancy dress party at Bradwell Village Hall.

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