Rudy Guede: “Amanda Knox Was At Murder Scene”
Meredith Kercher’s killer has protested his innocence and told of the heartbreaking final moments before the British student’s death.
Rudy Guede – who is serving a 16 year sentence for the murder of the 21-year-old – was recently interviewed by the popular Italian TV program Maledette Storie.
Guede claimed “Justice for Meredith has not been done” and also says he was writing in blood on the wall as Meredith tried to talk to him as she lay dying.
The 21-year-old student from Coulsdon, South London, was found half-naked, her throat slit, in the apartment she shared with American Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy.
Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito both served four years in prison and were put on trial five times for the 2007 murder, with judges see-sawing between contradictory verdicts for eight years.
The pair were cleared of the murder in March when Italy’s highest court overturned their convictions, reports The Mirror.
In his interview, which aired Thursday night on Italian television channel RAI 3, he explained in detail how he was making out with Kercher in the apartment when he suddenly had to use the bathroom.
“While I was doing that I heard the bell ring,” Guede said. “Meredith opened the door, and I heard the voice of Amanda Knox coming into the house. They started arguing. Earlier on Meredith complained about her stealing money, so I didn’t worry too much, and remained in the bathroom.”
Amanda Knox Was at Scene of Murder: Convicted Killer Rudy Guede
The interviewer asked Guede to confirm that he believed Knox was in the apartment.
“Yes, I clearly recognized her voice,” he said, adding: “101 percent.”
He said: “At that moment I see Meredith on the ground and an abundance of blood. I go to the bathroom and take a towel and try to staunch the wound in the neck.
“I take another and then another….It was heartbreaking that moment, you try to do the best.
“….She was trying to tell me something. I wrote in blood on the wall to even understand…. fear overwhelmed me.”
He later added: “I cannot get another day in prison for killing Meredith. …. Justice for Meredith has not been done.”
It was recently announced that Knox’s former boyfriend has received Over $67k in public money to create an app to keep alive the memory of the dead.
Now free to rebuild his life, Sollecito has announced that he is to launch a start-up to commemorate the dead.
The idea for the unusual project, which will be called ‘Memories’, came to him while he was in prison accused of the Kercher murder, he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
He said: “I have planned an online portal, with an app, a sort of social network to commemorate the dead.
“It came to me when I was in prison in Terni and I thought of my mother. I couldn’t go to visit her grave and being far away from her was painful. So the idea for “Memories” was born.”
The computer science graduate won a 66,000 euro award from the region of Puglia in southern Italy for new business initiatives.
The money, to be paid over a three-year period, is reserved for unemployed under 35-year-olds.
Half the money, which he said will be used to employ two secretaries and two interns to develop the software, is a grant that doesn’t have to be repaid, with the rest loaned.
Sollecito said he was planning to request compensation from the state for the wrongful accusation, but had not yet done so.
His family had spent 1.3 million euros on lawyers and investigators, he claimed.
Sollecito who is living with his father and stepmother in the Puglian village where he grew up, said he is enjoying ‘normality’. ‘I am finally free to go out and live like kids of my age.’
The Italian entrepreneur, who now plays rugby and has joined Italy’s Radical political party, said no longer considers Knox a friend.
“We had only just met when we were tied together by a powerful experience,” he explained.
“For us it is a place to meet and remember the happy moments that we spent with her.
“To go against our personal wishes would be disrespectful and unacceptable. Meredith should have at least the right to rest in peace finally.”
Knox has seldom been photographed since March.
After the pair were released from prison in 2011, Knox immediately left the country and returned to the US, where she finished her degree in Creative Writing and published a $4million memoir.
She is dating musician Colin Sutherland.