Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Amanda Knox begins her appeal over murder conviction

Amanda Knox is escorted into the courtroom (AP)

An anxious-looking Amanda Knox finally began her appeal yesterday against her conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

The American, who was jailed last year for 26 years for the brutal killing, walked past a sea of TV cameras and photographers to enter the court in the Italian city of Perugia, where she was joined by co-defendant and former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito(26).

Knox (23) gripped the sleeves of her cardigan and nodded while talking with her lawyers during the brief hearing.

Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann told the jury of five women and one man: “We have to get used to the idea that this is going to be a media trial.”

The initial hearing lasted only 20 minutes.The first appeal dates have been fixed for December 11 and 18.

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