Sunday 21 December 2014

Sollecito 'unsure' if Knox with him on night of murder

Tom Kington

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

Raffaele Sollecito arrives at a news conference as he is flanked by his lawyers Giulia Bongiorno (L) and Luca Maori (R) in Rome. Sollecito, the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox and on trial with her for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, distanced himself from his co-defendant on Tuesday, saying the two had not been together for the whole evening when the crime took place. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Raffaele Sollecito arrives at a news conference as he is flanked by his lawyers Giulia Bongiorno (L) and Luca Maori (R) in Rome. Sollecito, the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox and on trial with her for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, distanced himself from his co-defendant on Tuesday, saying the two had not been together for the whole evening when the crime took place. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Raffaele Sollecito gestures during a news conference in Rome. Sollecito, the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox and on trial with her for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, distanced himself from his co-defendant on Tuesday, saying the two had not been together for the whole evening when the crime took place. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Raffaele Sollecito, who was found guilty alongside Amanda Knox of murdering Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007, has claimed he cannot recall if Knox spent the entire evening of the murder at his flat, as he prepares a last ditch defence before Italy's top appeals court.

Knox has long claimed she watched TV and made love with Sollecito on the night in November that Ms Kercher, her then flatmate, was fatally stabbed in her bedroom in Perugia.

"I am not the guarantor of Amanda Knox, I am Raffaele Sollecito," said the Italian IT graduate.

It is not the first time Sollecito has claimed his memory of his night at home with Knox was uncertain, but by placing new stress on his doubts, the Italian is further distancing himself from Knox.

The pair were convicted for their role in the murder of Ms Kercher, a British student, only for their convictions to be overturned in 2011 on appeal. But Italy's supreme court then ordered a second appeal in Florence which found them guilty in January – sentencing Knox to 28 years and Sollecito to 25 years.

The case must now be considered again by the supreme court, likely in 2015, which can ratify the guilty verdict or order another trial.

Sollecito (30) awaits the decision in Italy, while Knox (26) is back in her hometown of Seattle. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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