Amanda Knox speaks to overturn conviction at appeal

Amanda Knox yesterday told an appeal court in Italy that her conviction for murdering English student Meredith Kercher was a huge mistake.

The American, 23 yeas of age, is trying to turn over her conviction after she was jailed in 2009 for at least 26 years for the murder that took place in Perugia two years before.  In a heavily emotional address to the court, Knox told how her life was broken by the three years that she has already spent in jail.

Miss Kercher who was aged 21, and hailed from from Coulsdon in south London, was discovered with a slit throat. The Leeds University student’s half-naked body was found slightly covered up by a duvet in a bedroom of the house she shared with others in the Italian city. Ms Knox’s ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also jailed for at least 25 years for his part in the murder.

During her plea to the Perugian appeal court, Knox pointed out that she was far from the dangerous and diabolical person that the prosecution had her believed to be. When describing Miss Kercher as someone that she felt honoured to have met, she broke into a fit of tears.

Reading in Italian from notes that were handwritten, she claimed to have been unjustly convicted and regrettably went on to explain that she would never be able to get used to such a broken life. Taking the opportunity to apologise, she gave her deepest sympathies to Meredith’s family and what they had been through over the past few years.



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