Meredith Kercher: British exchange student’s killer Rudy Guede released from jail

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Rudy Guede in the dock
Rudy Guede in the dock

The only person to be conclusively convicted of the killing of British exchange student Meredith Kercher has been released from prison, his lawyer said.

Rudy Guede, who served 13 years of a 16-year sentence for the killing of Ms Kercher, was freed from prison in Italy on Tuesday, reports the BBC.

He had been due to be released on January 4, but magistrates granted his plea to reduce the sentence by a further 45 days.

Guede’s lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini, told Italian media: "My initial thoughts are with Meredith Kercher's family who've been confronted by this painful affair.”

Officers discovered the body of the 21-year-old British foreign exchange student in her bedroom in Perugia, Italy on November 2 2007.

They said Ms Kercher’s throat had been slashed and she had been sexually assaulted.

Her flatmate Amanda Knox and Knox’s then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were arrested and later convicted of murder and sexual assault in 2009.

Amanda Knox is the subject of a Netflix documentary looking into the murder (Netflix)
Amanda Knox is the subject of a Netflix documentary looking into the murder (Netflix)

Both always maintained their innocence and were cleared by Italy’s highest court in 2015, after spending almost four years behind bars.

Knox, 34, told the Times on Tuesday she still sometimes feels “hurt and anger” towards those who contributed towards her prosecution.

She said if she had been a male student called ‘Adam Knox’ sharing a flat with Ms Kercher, “no-one would know about me”.

“And there is a young man who did commit this murder,” she said. “His name is Rudy Guede. There isn’t an Adam Knox, there’s a Rudy Guede. And nobody knows about him.”

Guede, who has denied killing Kercher, had been serving his sentence as community service since December last year.

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