British student died from neck stab wound

The US student accused of murdering her British roommate was upset and refused to watch as a video of the post-mortem examination on the victim’s body was shown during a closed-doors session in an Italian courtroom today.

The US student accused of murdering her British roommate was upset and refused to watch as a video of the post-mortem examination on the victim’s body was shown during a closed-doors session in an Italian courtroom today.

Amanda Knox, 21, turned away and her mother Edda Mellas said her daughter was “upset” and “just couldn’t watch”.

Her co-accused and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 25, occasionally looked up.

The pair are accused of murdering Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in a sex game that went wrong.

The prosecution allege that Miss Kercher was held by the shoulders by Sollecito while Knox touched her with the point of a knife.

The pair deny any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say a third man, Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede, tried to sexually assault Miss Kercher and then Knox fatally stabbed her in the throat. Guede was convicted of murder in a separate trial last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Miss Kercher, 21, was studying in Perugia, Italy, and sharing an apartment with Knox. She was found stabbed to death in the house on November 2, 2007.

In today’s testimony coroner Luca Lalli confirmed his earlier findings that Miss Kercher died from a stab wound to the neck.

He said it cannot be determined if she was raped, though bruises and cuts on her face, neck, hands and legs suggest violence during intercourse.

Prosecutors say Knox’s DNA was on the handle of a knife found at Sollecito’s house that might have been used in the killing and the victim’s DNA was found on the blade.

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