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Friday, 4 December 2009

Pair are GUILTY of Coulsdon student's murder

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher

Justice for Meredith's family two years after her murder. The Jury took twelve hours to reach a guilty verdict.

An American woman and her Italian ex-boyfriend have been found guilty of murdering a British exchange student.

Meredith Kercher, who was 21 and from Coulsdon, was attacked in the student flat she shared with Knox in Perugia in 2007. She was found naked, covered in a duvet. She had been stabbed.

Knox's strange behaviour, cartwheels at the police station and uncontrollable giggling fits, led them to suspect her of the murder.

Her DNA was found on the knife used to kill Meredith. The Jury heard how Knox killed Meredith during a sex game with Sollecito that went wrong.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively.

The court ordered them to pay one million euros to Miss Kercher's mother and the same amount to her father. Her siblings would each receive 800,000 euros, the court ruled.

The pair committed the killing with small-time drug dealer Rudy Guede, 22, who was jailed for 30 years for murder and sexual violence last October.

They have 90 days to make an appeal.

Drama in the Court room

As the verdicts were read out Sollecito's step-mother screamed obscenities before hyperventilating. Miss Knox's step-mother burst into tears and also began shouting before collapsing.

Knox began to sob while Sollecito appeared unaffected.

Speaking before the verdict, Knox's father Curt told of how he blamed Guede for the murder. In an interview he said Guede killed Meredith after he broke into the flat to steal money. Curt says as it was very close to pay day for the students, they were an easy target for thieves. He claims Guede killed Meredith after he stumbled across her unexpectedly. He also claims his daughter was nowhere near the flat on the night of the crime.

The pair initially defended themselves in court

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