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No peace for John Kercher, Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher – murder brought to book

by | 26th, April 2012

JOHN Kercher is talking to the Times Lucy Bannerman. John Kercher is Meredith Kercher’s father. She’s the young British woman murdered in Perugia, Italy. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito did not murder her. Bannerman writes:

I had never cried during an interview, until I met John Kercher.

Bannerman says Knox and Sollecito walked into “an explosion of flashbulbs and big-money book deals”.

She also walked out of prison. Bannerman is painting a picture.

She adds:

As they did, they took with them the one thing Mr Kercher and his family had left — an explanation, albeit horrifyingly incomplete, of what happened to their beloved “Mez”.

But they never killed her. What can they know? Bannerman seems to playing a dangerous game.

Now, with the convictions of two of the three suspected killers quashed, the chance to find out what really took place in that white cottage on the night of November 1, 2007, feels farther out of reach than ever.

Mr Kercher says:

“The truth has evaporated.”

But Rudy Guede has been convicted of Meredith Kercher’s murder. Says Mr Kecher:

“One person could not have done it. She had 47 bruises. Two different knives were meant to have been used. Meredith did karate, for goodness’ sake.”

This is a painful stuff. It’s painful to read. A man has lost his daughter in a crime that became a media sensation and international incident.

Remove Knox and Sollecito, and the only theory left is that Guede was helped by other, as-yet-unknown, accomplices.

Mr Kercher asks:

“Then why is there not evidence of these other people?”

He adds:

“As we have always said, we would never want innocent people put in prison. But when you’re presented with that whole body of evidence, by forensic investigators, and it is just overturned, without question — without question — it is very difficult.”

Mr Kercher has written a book. Bannerman seems keen to add a chapter of her own:

A lack of motive and unreliable forensic evidence led to Knox and Sollecito being cleared by a jury.

Mr Kercher adds:

“Knox and Sollecito changed their alibi, I think, nine times….How could one judge turn around and say the break-in wasn’t staged, when another judge spent eight pages in his original report explaining that it was? It doesn’t make sense.”

Bannerman asks a question: “What does he think happened?”

And you know what he says? He says:

“No idea.”

But Bannerman presses on:

Does he believe Amanda Knox killed Meredith?

Bloody hell. He answers:

“Guess. I don’t want to be vindictive. All I know is that there’s no other evidence of any other people being in that flat at that time.”

He says of Guede:

“…That is the one puzzling thing. He has watched Knox and Sollecito walk free. Why has he never said anything? It is baffling. It is surreal. You can’t believe it is happening to you. Even now, I don’t…”

And the book?

Any proceeds from the book will go to a foundation they are setting up in Meredith’s name. They are considering whether it might support bereaved relatives who find themselves, like they did, embroiled in financially draining legal procedures overseas.

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