Witnesses called in Knox appeal
Witnesses have been called to give evidence aimed at discrediting a claim that Amanda Knox was seen near the house where British student Meredith Kercher was murdered.
The American is appealing against her conviction and prison sentence for killing her housemate in the Italian hilltop town of Perugia.
University of Leeds student Miss Kercher, 21, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found with her throat slit on November 2, 2007, in her bedroom at the house she shared with Knox and others during her year abroad.
Knox, from Seattle, and her former lover Raffaele Sollecito, 26, were later charged with sexual assault and murder following what prosecutors claimed was a sex game taken to the extreme, and were handed prison sentences of 26 years and 25 years respectively.
They both deny wrongdoing and have appealed against the verdict.
During the trial, a homeless man, Antonio Curatolo, gave evidence that he had seen Knox and Sollecito in a square near the house from about 9.30pm to shortly before midnight on the night Kercher was killed, November 1, 2007.
He said he was certain because he also remembered seeing buses and other students waiting to get on to buses to go to discos around the town.
The defence hopes to show that Curatolo is unreliable on the basis that he was wrong about the supposed activity in the piazza that night.
The six witnesses included some operators of shuttle bus services that run from the piazza in question to discos on Perugia's outskirts, as well as people doing work for two discos. They said shuttle bus services were not on that night, while a woman working for one of the discos that normally uses the shuttle bus said her nightclub was closed.
However prosecutor Manuela Comodi said the testimony was "useless" as there are other discos in Perugia and other bus shuttle services whose operators had not been heard.