Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend have been found guilty of the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox, a 22-year-old American student, bowed her head and burst into tears as she was jailed for 26 years for murder and sexual violence by an Italian court. Twenty-five-year-old Italian Raffaele Sollecito showed no emotion as he was given 25 years. Knox was comforted by her lawyer as she sobbed after the judge read the verdict out to a hushed courtroom. Meredith Kercher’s family lawyer expressed satisfaction that justice had been done saying the family got what they were hoping for. Knox has always denied killing Kercher, who the prosecution claimed, had angered Knox by criticising her promiscuous lifestyle. It was put to the court – that in an act of revenge and hatred -Sollecito held Meredith Kercher down while Knox stabbed her to death. An Ivorian drifter called Rudy Guede was sentenced to 30 years in 2008 for his part in the killing after his DNA was found on Meredith’s body. The victim, a Leeds University student from Coulsden in Surrey, was found with her throat cut in the house she shared with Knox in the Umbrian town of Perugia in 2007.