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Man denies murdering girlfriend

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

A man standing trial for a second time accused of murdering his girlfriend in Milton Keynes and dumping her body has told a jury he was not guilty.

Barri White, 29, of Epsom Grove, Bletchley, denies killing 19-year-old Rachel Manning in December 2000.

Her body was found hidden in deep undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club.

Mr White denies the charge and told the jury at Luton Crown Court: "I never did this. This was nothing to do with me." The case continues.

Mr White told the jury how he was convicted of murder in 2002, but in November 2007 the Court of Appeal heard fresh evidence, quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial.

Walked away

He said that he and Miss Manning had met in 1999 and later lived together at various addresses.

On the night of 9 December 2000 the couple had gone to his mother's birthday party.

The court heard that outside a nightclub he got involved in an altercation and CCTV images show Miss Manning trying to calm the situation down. Police arrived and the couple walked off together.

The couple then disagreed about where to go, the court was told.

Mr White said: "I did swear at her a couple of times, I was a little bit drunk and a little bit tired.

"She was almost the same and was saying 'let's go and get a taxi'. I walked away and saw her turn and walk away."

He said when she had not turned in to work the following Monday, police were called.

"When police told me they had found her body I was gutted, devastated," said Mr White.



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