Amanda Knox boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito admits their behaviour was bizarre
Raffaele Sollecito lifts lid on his and Knox's experiences after murder of Meredith Kercher
THE Italian boyfriend of Amanda Knox, who like the Seattle student spent four years in jail before being cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher, has admitted in a book that their behaviour at the time of the killing was bizarre.
Raffaele Sollecito, who was 23 when he first met 20-year-old Amanda, also admits they slept together on their first meeting and that they smoked so much marijuana on the night Amanda's flatmate died that they had only a foggy memory of their movements. As a result, the couple had no "real alibi" for the night of 1 November 2007 "except each other".
The couple's odd behaviour informed the tabloids' portrayal of the pair and is thought to have coloured the prosecution's case against them.
As The Daily Telegraph reports, while police examined the Perugia apartment after finding Meredith half naked, with her throat slit, Sollecito and Knox were filmed kissing in the street outside. Later Knox was seen performing cartwheels and at the police station she was seen to climb onto his lap and drape her arms over him.
Seeking to explain their behaviour, Sollecito re-states that both were innocent. They had also only met and begun their affair days before.
In his book, Honor Bound, not due out 18 September but seen by Associated Press, Sollecito tells how he first met Knox at a classical music concert at the Universita per Stranieri, the University for Foreigners, on 25 October 2007, just a week before Meredith's death.
When he asked for her phone number, she suggested that he drop by the bar where she would be working later that night.
At the end of her shift, they went for a walk in Perugia, held hands and kissed. She agreed to spend the night at his apartment.
As the Daily Mail reports, "Soon the couple became inseparable. She began spending the nights at his apartment. They shopped for groceries together, and took a sightseeing day trip to Assisi."
When after four years spent in jail he and Knox were finally acquitted in October 2011, Sollecito says he felt "indescribable joy". When he looked across at the Italian police, hoping to see them appear defeated, they wouldn't look at him.