Amanda Knox found guilty again

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Amanda Knox was found guilty of defamation again on Wednesday after a retrial in Florence, Italy, related to her infamous prison sentence and acquittal for the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

In November 2007, Kercher’s body was found in a pool of blood in a cottage in Perugia where she lived with Knox.

Kercher (21) was cut in the throat and stabbed 47 times with a sharp object.

Knox cried crocodile tears in court when she was again sentenced to three years because during police interrogation she accused an innocent owner of a bar, Patrick Lumumba, of having killed the 21-year-old Kercher. However, the sentence is considered to have been served in terms of the three years she was already behind bars.

Knox implicated Congolese Lumumba, who had to spend nearly two weeks behind bars before being released.

She was found guilty in the defamation case in 2011 and sentenced to three years in prison.

However, she claims that she was shouted at and slapped during the police investigation.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2019 that Knox was not provided with adequate legal representation during her interrogation. In October, Italy’s highest court dismissed the defamation conviction on appeal and ordered a retrial.

Knox, now 36 years old, married and the mother of two young children, returned to defend herself in court on Wednesday.

She blamed the police for forcing her to make the statement and said she was “scared, deceived and abused”.

“I am very sorry that I was not strong enough to resist the police pressure,” Knox told the judges.

Knox was 20 when she and her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were arrested for the brutal murder of Kercher.

This led to a long trial during which the couple was found guilty, acquitted, found guilty again and finally acquitted of all charges in 2015.

“Amanda is very upset about the outcome of this trial, she wanted a final point of closure after 17 years of judicial procedures,” her lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova told journalists outside the court.

“We are very surprised by the decision and will carefully read the motivation that will be available in the next 60 days.”

After that, they would decide on “next steps” and possibly appeal the ruling.

  • This post has been amended after it was initially published. – Ed.