Sunday 30 April 2017

'Amanda Knox has found it easier to move on' - former boyfriend says the couple are still friends

Amanda Knox is working as a journalist

Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Raffaele Sollecito, the Italian convicted and eventually acquitted alongside Amanda Knox of the murder of Meredith Kercher, has said he is still friends with Ms Knox but thinks she has found it easier to move on.

Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito were in a new relationship at the time of the murder of Ms Kercher, Ms Knox's roommate.

The young woman was living in Perugia and studying on an Erasmus programme when she was stabbed to death in their shared flat

Mr Sollecito spent four years in solitary confinement in a high security prison before his conviction was overturned.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy today on his Radio One Show the Italian revealed that he is fighting to have his legal bills of some €1.3m paid for by the state.

He said he believed that Ms Knox, who is now a freelance journalist, had found it easier to move on.

Meredith Kercher was killed in 2007
Meredith Kercher was killed in 2007

"I think so. She is American and she lives in another state... I'm in Italy, everything occurred over here and I'm Italian and that makes a big difference," he said.

"Of course we are still friends. We don't talk so much but we respect each other," he said.

The software developer has launched two business ventures since 2015, one of them inspired by his time in prison.

People can buy services to commemorate loved ones who have died, including engaging services from florists to maintain a grave site.

"The police were investigating the crime and I never thought they'd ever pinpoint at me or Amanda because we were at my home during the night, so for me it was incredible all of this," he said.

"We had no lawyer. We had no lawyer, I didnt feel the need to take a defense for myself because I [wasn't even] inside the murder scene," he said.

The 32-year-old said he never sensed a threat during the investigation and when he was informed he would be arrested and faced life in jail it was "mind-blowing".

"It was crazy and traumatic at the same time," he said of the moment he realised he could be facing imprisonment for murder.

He has alleged failings in the investigation by Italian police.

"I was living inside a nightmare," he said.

The couple communicated by letter when they were imprisoned he said.

On his release he said his world completely changed.

"All my life were going to change because all the people knew me. They had a bad opinion from me, about my personality, they knew something completely false about my personality. 

Everything was diff, the real world was different," he said.

"I had to face another world with eyes pointed to me, talking about me... It was really difficult to adapt myself to this new environment."

He said he does think about the family of Meredith Kercher and the pain they feel at losing their daughter.

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