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Man denies murdering girlfriend

Barri White
Barri White is being retried for the murder of Rachel Manning

A man has gone on trial for the second time accused of murdering his girlfriend in Milton Keynes and dumping her body at Woburn Golf Club.

Barri White, 29, of Epsom Grove, Bletchley, denies killing Rachel Manning in December 2000.

Prosecutor Julian Baughan told the jury at Luton Crown Court that this was a retrial as the case had been referred back by the Court of Appeal.

The prosecution alleges Mr White argued with Miss Manning before killing her.

Mr Baughan said the couple had been in a relationship and had lived together, but shortly before her death he had moved out and was living at his parents' home.

On the night of Saturday 9 December they had gone together to a fancy dress party to celebrate his mother's birthday.

'Appeared angry'

After the party they went to Chicago's in the centre of Milton Keynes, but argued inside.

Mr White was seen to leave first but got involved outside in an altercation and was punched in the face.

She left shortly after and there are sightings of them, with him appearing angry and she trying to calm him down, the court was told.

"But at 0243 GMT she used a telephone kiosk to make a reversed charge phone call to a flat mate," said Mr Baughan.

"She was crying and obviously distressed and was asking him to come and get her. He tried to ring her back but the kiosk number was not available.

"Her body was found at 0830 GMT on 12 December in undergrowth at the Marquis golf club at Woburn."

The prosecution alleges Mr White made efforts to cover his tracks by leaving phone messages at her home saying he was worried about her and loved her.

The case continues.

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