'Hard to forgive' Kercher killer
Meredith Kercher's sister has said it would be "very difficult" to forgive anyone for the British student's murder as she awaited the outcome of an appeal hearing.
Stephanie Kercher said her sister had been "hugely forgotten" in the furore around the appeal launched by American student Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito over the November 2007 killing in Perugia, Italy.
Sitting alongside her mother Arline and brother Lyle, she told a press conference: "It is very difficult to keep her memory alive in all of this."
Miss Kercher said forgiveness "does not come into it" at the moment.
She went on: "It would be very difficult to forgive anything at this stage. What everyone needs to remember is ... the brutality of what happened that night, everything that Meredith must have felt that night, everything she went through, the fear and the terror, and not knowing why.
"She doesn't deserve that, no-one deserves that."
Meredith's mother Arline refused to say whether she believed Knox killed her daughter but said she trusted the Italian justice system. She added: "You have to go by the evidence because there is nothing else. What I want, what they want doesn't come into it.
"It is what the police have found, what the science has found, what the evidence is and that's all you can go on. It is to find out what happened to Meredith and to get some justice really."
Two judges and six jurors are considering whether to overturn the murder convictions of Knox, 24, and Sollecito, 27.
Knox made a heartfelt plea for freedom, telling the appeal court: "I have paid with my life for things I did not commit."