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Friday, June 12, 2009

Amanda Knox gives evidence in Meredith Kercher murder trial


June 12, 2009
...Miss Knox was giving evidence for the first time in her trial in the Umbrian hilltown of Perugia, where British exchange student, Miss Kercher, 21, was found stabbed to death in November 2007.

Dressed all in (virginal) white (with a HUGE herpes on her lip), Miss Knox smiled as she walked into a courtroom packed with dozens of reporters, cameramen and photographers from Italy, the UK and the United States.

In the witness box, she said that statements she made to police in the days after the murder, on November 2, 2007, were made under pressure from Italian detectives...
“I was confused,” she repeatedly told the court. "The declarations were taken against my will, so everything that I said was said in confusion and under pressure. "They called me a stupid liar, they said that I was trying to protect someone. But I was not trying to protect anyone," she said...
Miss Knox said she became so confused that after hours of interrogation, which lasted all night, she could no longer tell the difference between her imagination and reality...
She admitted that she and her boyfriend at the time, Italian IT graduate Raffaele Sollecito, had smoked marijuana in his apartment on the evening of the murder. She said she used the drug “from time to time, with friends”... I think even people who don't smoke marijuana now know that it doesn't make people murderous.
Prosecutors claim that Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito murdered 21-year-old Meredith Kercher during what began as a sex game (I don't believe this version either, sex games? come on, why not the satanic cult theory? Both ridiculous.) They deny any involvement but face life imprisonment if convicted of murder...

Answering in Italian questions put by her lawyer, Luciano Ghirga, Miss Knox described how she spent the evening of November 1.

She insisted to the court she went to her boyfriend Sollecito's apartment where they watched a film, she checked her emails on his computer, they listened to music, ate dinner, smoked a joint and made love.
"The next morning I went home and saw the door was open and thought it strange," she said.
"I called 'Is anyone there?' No one answered.
"I went to my room and changed, went to the bathroom and saw spots of blood there.
"I had a shower and on the way back to my room I saw blood on floor. I thought: 'Hm, strange.'
"I put on my clothes in my room, then I went to the other bathroom to brush my hair. I saw traces of faeces in the toilet."
She said she was disgusted by this.
She went on: "I called Meredith, who didn't answer."
She said she then called her flatmate Filomena Romanelli, who returned to the house and found her window had been broken.
"We found Meredith's door was locked," said Knox.
"Filomena was saying 'Mama mia, it's never locked!'. I said that sometimes Meredith locked it when she had a shower or when she went to England."
But she added: "I felt strange, it was a strange situation."
She said she had not seen the murder scene but everyone was talking about it.
"I heard there was a body in there. There was lots of confusion," she said. "I was in shock. I couldn't believe what had happened, couldn't accept it."

The trial began in January and is expected to last at least until autumn.

1 comment:

Harry Rag said...

The English translation of Judge Massei's sentencing report can be downloaded from here:

http://www.perugiamurderfile.org/viewtopic.php?p=53735