Knox makes emotional court appeal
Amanda Knox broke down in tears as she made an emotional appeal against her conviction for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, saying she was the innocent victim of an "enormous mistake".
Knox, 23, who is serving 26 years for the murder, told an appeal court in Perugia, Italy, she was not the "dangerous, diabolical, uncaring, violent" person described by the prosecution.
Last year the American student, known as Foxy Knoxy, was found guilty of killing Miss Kercher, 21, after what prosecutors claimed was a sex game taken to the extreme. Her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also found guilty and sentenced to 25 years.
During an emotional 20-minute plea, Knox said she had been "broken" by three years in jail.
Speaking in Italian, she said: "I am innocent. Raffaele is innocent. We did not kill Meredith. It doesn't do justice to Meredith and her loved ones to take our lives from us. I stand here more scared than ever, not because I am or I have ever been afraid of the truth but because the truth has not been recognised."
She wept as she said she thinks of Miss Kercher as a dear friend she is "grateful and honoured" to have met. She said: "I'm very sorry Meredith is no longer living. I too have little sisters and the idea of their suffering, their loss, terrifies me. What you are going through, and what Meredith was subjected to, is incomprehensible and unacceptable."
Knox continued: "I can never get used to this broken life. I still don't know how to face all this, except than to be myself."
Speaking of the allegations against her, she said: "How is it possible that I should have jumped at the opportunity to hurt my friend, be violent as if it were the natural thing to do?"
Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found dead on November 2 2007 in her bedroom at the house in the Umbrian hilltop town that she shared with Knox and others during her year abroad. Her throat had been slit and her semi-naked body was partially covered by a duvet.
Knox's lawyers believe they have new evidence to clear her of murder and will try to introduce a new witness. The court is expected to rule on these requests at the next hearing on December 18 - but if Knox's appeal is rejected, she could face a longer sentence behind bars.