An Italian court has reduced the sentence of one of the three people convicted of the murder of a British student in Perugia two years ago. Rudy Guede, who is originally from the Ivory coast, had his jail term slashed from 30 years to 16.
On announcing the reduction the judge said that while upholding the conviction, the court acknowledged Guede’s youth and absence of criminal record.
Guede was convicted last year of involvement in the murder of exchange student Meredith Kercher.
Guede, who turns 23 on Saturday, was tried separately after opting for a “fast-track” trial in exchange for leniency.
The Kercher family lawyer, Francesco Maresca gave his reaction:
“ We are absolutely satisfied because the presence of Rudy Guede, together with the other suspects, at the scene of the crime was confirmed, and so was the fact that the three of them committed the murder and that there was sexual violence. We are obviously less satisfied with the drastic reduction of the sentence.”
Earlier this month American Amanda Knox, with whom Kercher shared a flat, was also convicted of her friend’s murder, along with Knox’s former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
They were sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively in prison. Both say they are innocent and will appeal.