Rudy Guede, who was convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher after his prints were found at the scene, has again denied killing her and appeared to lay blame with the victim’s flatmate Amanda Knox
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A British student freed from jail for the murder of Meredith Kercher has again denied killing her – and appeared to blame her flatmate Amanda Knox.
Rudy Guede, 34, was sentenced to 30 years for the murder of the 21 year old student in Italy in 2007, but was freed last week after magistrates in Viterbo granted him early release.
He reportedly said: “I’ve got blood on my hands because I tried to save her not kill her.”
He then appeared to blame Meredith’s flatmate, Amanda Knox, and her lover Rafaelle Sollecitio, who were both freed after their convictions were overturned.
Meredith from Coulsden, South East London, was sexually assaulted and killed at her home in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.
Guede was convicted when his fingerprints were found at the scene of her murder.
Amanda Knox was cleared of Meredith’s murder and has always denied being involved.
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He said he had written to the Kercher family, stating he was “sorry for not doing enough to save Meredith”.
However he still denies responsibility for her death after he was freed this week following 14 years behind bars.
He added to the Sun on Sunday : “The court convicted me of being an accessory to murder purely because my DNA was there but the (legal) documents say others were there and that I did not inflict the fatal wounds.”
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When asked if he was referring to Knox and Sollecito, who were both cleared after four years in jail, he responded: “As I told you, they say others were there and that I did not inflict the stab wounds. I know the truth and she knows the truth.”
Amanda Knox had previously hit out at Guede, publicly criticising his early release in an interview last year.
Meredith’s brother, Lyle, also spoke of the consequences his release has had on the victim’s family.
He said: “We knew this day would arrive but the suddenness — and lack of advance warning — has caught us off guard.”