Defence lawyers attack evidence of homeless witness

Witnesses appearing on behalf of US student Amanda Knox have rejected a claim she was seen near a house where her British roommate was murdered in Italy.

Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are appealing in a court in Perugia against their 2009 convictions for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Their lawyers said the evidence of a homeless man, Antonio Curatolo, who said he saw the couple the night she died, was unreliable. Miss Kercher, 21, from Coulsdon, south London, was found with her throat cut. Prosecutors said the Leeds University student died during a sex game which went wrong. The appeal hearings resumed yesterday after a break of two months.