Kercher killer has sentence reduced

One of the killers of British student Meredith Kercher had his sentence halved by an appeal court today.

However, it refused to quash the conviction of Rudy Guede who was found guilty of helping American Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito murder Miss Kercher in Italy two years ago.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted this month of the killing in a shared student flat in Perugia.

Guede’s case was heard last year after he elected for a separate, fast track, trial.

Guede, who was arrested after fleeing to Germany shortly after the killing, has admitted being at the scene of the crime the night of the murder, but said he did not kill Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey.

He was sentenced to 30 years which was cut to 16 at today’s hearing.

Knox and Sollecito are both appealing against their convictions.

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