Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

I’m not violent, says Meredith accused

A man accused of murdering British exchange student Meredith Kercher when she refused to take part in a sex game insisted yesterday that he was not violent, telling a court: “I find it hard to kill a fly.”

Italian Raffaele Sollecito (24) said: “I have nothing to do with this case. I’m not a violent person.

“People who know me know that I find it hard to kill a fly.”

Miss Kercher (21) from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found dead in her bedroom in the house in Perugia, Italy, which she shared with Sollecito’s ex-lover Amanda Knox and others during her year abroad. Her throat had been slit and her semi-naked body was partially covered by a duvet.

Prosecutors allege that the pair killed Leeds University exchange student Miss Kercher after she refused to participate in an extreme sex game.

Sollecito’s claim that he was at home downloading a cartoon at the time of the murder was thrown into doubt by the first witness to take the stand.

Police chief Filippo Batolozzi said an inspection of Sollecito’s computer showed there had been no activity on it between 9.10pm on November 1, 2007, and 5.32am on November 2.

He said Miss Kercher’s two mobile phones were found in a neighbour’s garden after her death.

The neighbour had called police after receiving a hoax warning that there was a bomb in her house, he said. During a search of the garden, the phones were found. When it was revealed the phones belonged to Miss Kercher, officers were sent to her house to investigate, the court was told.

Michele Battistelli, a police officer who was sent to the cottage, said the door to Miss Kercher’s room was broken down and he said the inside was “covered in blood”.

It looked as if there had been an attempt to fake a break-in, he added.

A third person charged with the murder, Rudy Guede (21) was found guilty in October last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison. The trial continues.

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