Rachel Manning murder: Barri White and Keith Hyatt's compensation fight

Barri White (left) and Keith Hyatt Barri White (left) and Keith Hyatt had their convictions quashed in 2007

The two men wrongly convicted over the murder of a 19-year-old woman from Milton Keynes in 2000 have renewed their battle for compensation.

In 2002, Barri White was found guilty of strangling Rachel Manning. His friend Keith Hyatt was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Both had their convictions quashed in 2007.

Rachel Manning murder

Rachel Manning
  • Shop assistant Miss Manning had been to a party in Milton Keynes with Mr White when she became lost early on 10 December 2000
  • Mr White went to the home of Mr Hyatt, while Miss Manning walked off alone to catch a taxi
  • The teenager was found strangled in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club two days later
  • The convictions of Mr White and Mr Hyatt were quashed after a BBC Rough Justice documentary in 2005 questioned forensic evidence
  • Mr White was cleared in a re-trial in 2008.
  • Shahidul Ahmed was convicted of Miss Manning's murder earlier this month.

Mr Hyatt said they were "victims of crime" and wanted "recompense".

The Ministry of Justice said it would not comment on individual cases.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, was jailed for life at Luton Crown Court on 4 September for Miss Manning's murder, more than a decade after her boyfriend was wrongly jailed for the crime.

Mr Hyatt said: "We've had a letter saying that we don't need to send any more paperwork and it's now down to the discretion of the [Secretary of State].

"We just want recompense for what they did to us. We're claiming not just for the time we were in prison, but for being away from our families.

"And it doesn't end there. Trying to get a job when you have a prison record is nearly impossible.

"As I keep saying to people, we're victims of crime. We should have had a cheque through the door with a letter of apology, but we're having to fight for it."

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