Knox 'terrified' into her false accusation
Published 07/10/2011 | 05:00
AMANDA Knox (pictured) was "terrified" into falsely accusing a bar owner of the murder of Meredith Kercher, her father claimed yesterday.
Curt Knox said that during an interrogation lasting several hours, police officers hit his daughter around the head and left her so traumatised that she falsely pointed the finger of blame at Patrick Lumumba, a Congolese immigrant who ran a bar in Perugia where she worked as a waitress.
"Amanda has never been so terrified as she was during that interrogation by the Italian police," he told 'La Repubblica', an Italian newspaper.
"She was hit. The truth is that they simply wanted to terrify her. There was huge pressure on the police to find the murderer."
Miss Knox (24) was dramatically acquitted on Monday in a Perugia appeals court of the sexual assault and murder of Miss Kercher (21) and flew home to Seattle the next day.
One charge against her was upheld -- that of defaming Mr Lumumba with the false accusation that he killed the British exchange student, of Coulsdon, Surrey. The appeals court sentenced her to three years in jail, which was cancelled out by the four years she had already served since being arrested and imprisoned in November 2007.
Mr Knox and Amanda's mother, Edda Mellas, who are separated, were put on trial for defamation after repeating their daughter's claim that she had been physically abused by Perugia police. The trial continues, despite their return home to Seattle, with the next hearing scheduled for January 24, 2012. They will be tried in absentia.
(© Daily Telegraph, London)