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Police 'used dirty gloves' to handle Knox evidence

Italian police used dirty gloves when they handled evidence that was used to convict Amanda Knox (left) of the murder of her British flatmate, Meredith Kercher, a court in Italy heard yesterday.

It was one of a series of blunders by officers who searched the bedroom in which Miss Kercher was found with her throat cut in the cottage she shared with Knox in November 2007.

The mistakes, including not wearing protective caps and masks and allowing people to tramp in and out of the crime scene, meant DNA evidence used to convict Knox was unreliable, two independent experts told the appeals court in Perugia.

Professors Stefano Conti and Carla Vecchiotti were presenting findings from a 145-page report they wrote after reviewing the DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who she started going out with 10 days before the murder.

Both are appealing against the convictions. A decision is expected in September. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent