murder of UK exchange student Meredith Kercher: Student’s killer Rudy Guede ends sentence

PA MEDIA Image caption, Meredith Kercher was an exchange student at the University of Perugia in 2007

Rudy Guede, convicted and jailed for the 2007 murder of UK exchange student Meredith Kercher, has completed his sentence early saying he wants to be forgotten.

Guede, 34, was the only person jailed over the infamous sexual assault and murder in Perugia, in central Italy.

Meredith Kercher’s American flatmate Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend were as well at first jailed.

Their case ran through the courts for many years before they were in the end freed on appeal.

Guede’s earlier 30-year jail term was reduced to 16 years and he has spent the past year doing community service.

The Ivorian national was due to be freed in January yet magistrates in the city of Viterbo, where he now resides, granted him early release.

His lawyer declared to the BBC on Tuesday that they had received information that the jail sentence had been finished.

Fabrizio Ballarini, told Italian media

“My initial thoughts are with Meredith Kercher’s family who’ve been confronted by this painful affair,” the lawyer,

Ms Kercher, from Coulsdon in south London, had been in Perugia for three months on an exchange from Leeds University when she was murdered. She was studying modern history, political theories and history of cinema.

Between then and now, her family has struggled for the truth. Six years ago her sister Stephanie said they were not likely to ever know what actually occurred.

Image caption,
Rudy Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene of the murder

Guede left Perugia and moved to Germany in the days after Ms Kercher’s murder.

Following his deportation back to Italy he opted for a fast-track trial, held in a closed session in the absence of journalists present, and was afterwards jailed for the murder after his bloodstained fingerprints were established at the scene.

But, he continues to declining killing Ms Kercher.

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He was given incomplete prison release in 2017, and his lawyer told local media following the ruling that his client was

“calm and socially well integrated”.

Over the last year, Guede has freely offer for the charity Caritas and worked as a librarian at the Viterbo criminological studies centre, Italian media say.

A teacher at the centre, Claudio Mariani, told Ansa news agency that many media outlets had asked Guede for discussions still that he just wanted to be forgotten.

Ms Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were individually jailed for Ms Kercher’s murder in 2009.

Their apprehension and the guilty judgement created international media notice. The duo served four years behind bars before those sentences were abolished.

After a number of appeals and retrials Italy’s highest court freed them both conclusively in March 2015.

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