‘Meredith felt fear and terror night she died’

The sister of murdered student Meredith Kercher has spoken of the “fear and terror” she must have felt on the night she died.

Stephanie Kercher made the comments in a BBC documentary about Amanda Knox, who was reconvicted last month of murdering the 21-year-old in the Italian town of Perugia in 2007.

Only one person — Rudy Hermann Guede — is in jail for her murder after American Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, successfully appealed against their original guilty verdicts.

Afterwards Knox returned home to America and has so far refused to go back to Italy to serve her jail term following her second conviction, saying she will only be extradited “kicking and screaming”.

Is Amanda Knox Guilty? also hears from lawyers and experts from the defence and the prosecution and contains the audio of Knox’s prison interrogation after her arrest.

Ms Kercher told the programme she feels her sister “has been forgotten” in the media storm surrounding Knox.

She said her sister did not deserve what happened to her.

“Everything that Meredith must have felt that night. Everything she went through. The fear and the terror and not knowing why. She didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that,” she said.

Brother Lyle Kercher also spoke of struggling to cope with Meredith’s death and said of the new guilty verdicts: “It’s not the end of it. It’s another chapter moving things forward.”

Last month Knox was sentenced to 28 years and six months while Sollecito was jailed for 25 years.


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