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Kercher's father reveals agony of identifying body

The father of murdered student Meredith Kercher has relived the agonising moment when he travelled to Italy to identify his daughter's body.

John Kercher travelled to Perugia with his ex-wife Arline and their daughter Stephanie to see Ms Kercher's body after her violent murder.

In a new book about the killing, Mr Kercher admits he was unable to look at his daughter for a final time for fear that he would lose his "laughing and happy" final memory of her.

"Nothing can prepare you for what it is like to have to travel to a foreign country to identify the body of your daughter," he writes in the book, entitled 'Meredith: Our Daughter's Murder And The Heartbreaking Quest For The Truth'.

Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of the crime on appeal in October last year.

Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede was jailed for the murder and remains in prison.

Irish Independent