Saturday 3 December 2016

Convicted killer of British student Meredith Kercher claims she tried to write a message as she lay dying

David Kearns

Published 22/01/2016 | 15:57

Rudy Guede made his claims during an interview with Italian broadcaster Rai
Rudy Guede made his claims during an interview with Italian broadcaster Rai

The man convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher claims she tried to write a message in her own blood as she lay dying on the floor.

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Rudy Guede, who is serving a 16-year sentence for the 21-year-old’s murder, told the grisly tale as part of an interview with Italian broadcaster Rai, during which he expressed his innocence.

Speaking from prison in Viterbo, in central Italy, the 30-year-old said Ms Kercher tried to tell him something by writing “on the wall with [her] blood" as he used a towel to “staunch the wound in her neck".

He told the Italian broadcaster that the bedroom where the 21-year-old was found stabbed to death was “staged to look as if a burglar had come in”.

Asked what the message was, Mr Guede, originally from the Ivory Coast, replied he did not know.

"I cannot... it was heart-breaking," he said before claiming he fled the scene because he feared police would not believe he was not involved in the crime.

British student Meredith Kercher
British student Meredith Kercher

Officers investigating the murder of Ms Kercher found the 30-year-old’s DNA on her body and his bloody footprint near where she was found.

Italian police always maintained that Mr Guede did not act alone, and famously arrested and charged American woman Amanda Knox and her boyfriend with murdering Ms Kercher.

A guilty verdict at Ms Knox's initial trial and her 26-year sentence where eventually overturn following a lengthy appeal, during which Italy’s highest court said there had been "stunning flaws" in the case against them.

However speaking to broadcaster Rai, Mr Guede insisted that he could hear Ms Knox's voice in the apartment while he was in the bathroom, moments before he claims to have found Ms Kercher’s body.

“I heard the bell ring,” he said.

"[Meredith] opened the door, and I heard the voice of Amanda Knox coming into the house. They started arguing.

“Earlier on Meredith complained about her stealing money, so I didn't worry too much, and remained in the bathroom," he continued.

“I heard a loud scream and that’s when I got out.

“The lights were all off apart from Meredith’s bathroom… [and] I saw the silhouette of a man in front of her door.”

Before the documentary aired, Mr Guede opened a Facebook account with an image from the TV interview saying: "Now I begin to tell my story.”

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