Killer Amanda Knox has appeared in court sporting a boyish new look as she faced accusations of slandering Italian police while on trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Knox claimed she was hit twice by a police officer while she was being interrogated over the death of the British student in Perugia.
The 22-year-old was found guilty of killing Miss Kercher with her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in December.
Prosecutors said that what began as an extreme sex game ended with Sollecito holding down the University of Leeds student while Knox cut her throat with a six-inch kitchen knife. Yesterday morning Knox made her first public appearance since she was led away in tears moments after the verdict, returning to court with cropped hair.
The American student, known as ‘Foxy Knoxy’, had done away with the long locks that helped make her looks the focus of much attention, and wore a plain yellow T-shirt.
The brief preliminary hearing in Perugia, held behind closed doors, was largely devoted to technicalities and quickly adjourned.
Miss Kercher (21) from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found dead in her bedroom on November 2, 2007, in the house she lived in with Knox and others on her year abroad.
Her throat had been slit and her semi-naked body was partially covered by a duvet.