For those of you who aren't familiar with the case, Meredith Kercher was studying in Perugia, Italy through an exchange scheme when she was found one morning stabbed to death in her flat in November 2007. I will always remember the story because when it came on TV, I facebooked the name Meredith Kercher, as she was from my uni, in the languages department, same as me and we had both been born in 1985 so I wondered if I maybe I had seen her around the department. I didn't recognise her photo but it told me that we had a friend in common and it turned out that my friend Alex had studied alongside her. He was obviously devastated about the loss, particularly the circumstances surrounding her murder.
The blame was placed straight away on American student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito, along with another man Rudy Guede. All 3 were convicted of her murder and sexual assault and given long jail sentences.
Knox and Sollecito have always maintained their innocence and obviously the ruling today suggests that the world now ought to believe them. I am just not sure that I do. There are a number of reasons for this, and I know that the media made Knox out to be some sort of sex-addicted lunatic, which I have always tried to ignore. Firstly, the fact that when this first happened Knox lied and blamed Meredith's boss Patrick Lumumba. She now has to pay costs to him for this. Why would you lie if you had nothing to hide? Also, the way Knox acted after the event was always a bit bizarre, giggling and cuddling her boyfriend in the police station the reports suggested, which again seems totally bizarre to say she had only known him 10 days or something and her friend had now died in awful circumstances.
Anyway, I suppose it is not for me to decide, and in many ways I hope that Knox and Sollecito are innocent, otherwise the courts have made a terrible mistake in letting them free. I just hope that the right people are punished for causing such a terribly sad loss of life, and deep down, I am not sure now that they are.
|Meredith Kercher, from thetelegraph.co.uk - I hope she is resting in peace|