'Saint' or 'she-devil?' Court must rule on Amanda Knox murder appeal

Tuesday 27 September 2011 11:24
Comments

A lawyer told a court in Italy yesterday that appearances were deceiving, and the angelic-looking Amanda Knox, the US student convicted of killing her British room-mate Meredith Kercher, was a "she-devil" who deliberately accused an innocent man.

Carlo Pacelli, representing a man implicated early on in the 2007 murder in Perugia, told the appeal hearing that Knox was "both a [saint] and a demonic, satanic, diabolical she-devil" who was "devoted to lust, drugs and alcohol".

Knox, however, is hoping that her sentence will be overturned next week after new testimony called into question DNA evidence used to convict her.

Knox at the time of the crime "was an explosive mix of drugs, sex and alcohol," he insisted. "She is a spell-casting witch, a virtuoso of deceit."

Pacelli cited testimony by Kercher's friends alleging tensions between Kercher and Knox over the American's alleged promiscuity and bad bathroom hygiene. He insisted Knox deliberately accused an innocent man to cover up her own crime.

AP

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in