Italian court to decide Knox fate

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Italy’s high court has begun hearing the appeal over Amanda Knox’s murder conviction over the brutal killing of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Dozens of journalists and camera crews were on hand for the final arguments and deliberations of the Court of Cassation in Rome over the death of Ms Kercher.

The judges could decide to confirm the convictions and 28-and-a-half-year sentence for Knox, as well as the 25-year sentence for her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, which would then raise extradition questions for Knox, who is in the US.

The court could also decide to throw out the convictions and order a third appeal trial. It could overturn the convictions without ordering a retrial, tantamount to an acquittal, although this is less likely.

The high-profile trials of Knox and Sollecito have produced alternating guilty-then innocent-then guilty verdicts, polarising observers in three nations.

Knox has been portrayed alternately as a victim of a botched investigation and shoddy Italian justice, or a promiscuous predator who falsely accused a Congolese bar owner of the murder.

Knox is awaiting the ruling in her home town of Seattle, and is “worried, very worried,” her attorney, Carlo Dalla Vedova, said before the hearing began.

Mr Dalla Vedova said a decision is expected late today or tomorrow.

Asked if he would call Knox with the court’s decision even if it came in the middle of the night in the US, Mr Dalla Vedova said: “I don’t think she’s sleeping much.”

Television crews mobbed Sollecito as he made his way into the courthouse, and he huddled with his attorney before the hearing began.

“I’m here all day, also tonight,” he said.

Also on hand for the hearing was Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, the Congolese owner of pub where Knox occasionally worked whom Knox falsely accused of the murder.

Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old Leeds University student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found dead November 2 2007 in the apartment that she shared with Knox in the idyllic hillside town of Perugia where both women were studying.

Her throat was slashed and she had been sexually assaulted.

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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