Meredith Kercher’s father slams ‘Foxy Knoxy frenzy’
John Kercher also lays out some of the compelling evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito
Amid the media "obsession" with the plight of Amanda Knox, the young Seattle woman appealing her conviction for murder in Italy, the father of Knox's victim, Meredith Kercher, has written an impassioned but rational article claiming it's time the public saw the story from the Kercher family's point of view.
John Kercher wrote in yesterday's Sunday Times: "We would like to be able to remember Meredith for the loving, humorous and caring person she was, rather than a murder victim. But under Italian law Knox and Sollecito [Knox's former boyfriend, also convicted] have a right to two appeals.
"The result of the current appeal is not expected until September. Should it go against them, then at least a year or even years could pass as the second appeal is heard. This is the stuff of nightmares, compounded by the way that Knox has been turned into a celebrity and the murder into entertainment."
Kercher (above left)was referring to the nine books published so far about the murder case, the made-for-TV movie starring Hayden Panettiere as Knox that was broadcast recently in the US and plans for an upcoming British film, possibly starring Colin Firth.
As well as expressing the family's distress at this turn of events, he made the point that while Knox (above right) and Sollecito's lawyers are concentrating on disputed DNA evidence in a bid to get their convictions overturned, there is considerable further evidence that was responsible for the pair being convicted.
Under Italian law, the judge must write an official report detailing how a verdict was reached. In this case, Judge Giancarlo Massei produced 400 pages and detailed almost 20 factors that were considered when Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of Meredith's murder in December 2009 and sentenced to 26 and 25 years' jail respectively.
Here are just four examples:
One. During the original murder trial, both Knox and Sollecito claimed that on the night of the murder - November 1, 2007 - they were nowhere near the cottage where Kercher's body was found dead. Sollecito claimed he was at home working at his computer. But Sollecito's computer records showed it was inactive that night.
Two. It appeared obvious to police that a break-in at the cottage had been staged. Police noticed that glass from a broken window was on top of clothes purportedly scattered by the intruder. But if the glass had been broken by the intruder, it would have been under the clothes.
Three. Sollecito told police nothing was taken from the room where the broken glass was found. But it was not his room and had not yet been searched by the Italian girl who lived there - so how would he know?
Four. Knox was able to describe the position of Meredith's body and how she died. How did she know? She was not able to see into the room whose door was locked shut before the police broke it down.
In Perugia, the appeal hearing continues, with a verdict not expected until September. In Seattle, Knox's supporters have a "bowling fundraiser" planned for next Sunday.