True Justice for Meredith Kercher
I first saw Meredith Kercher’s face on the front page of the Daily Mail newspaper on the 3rd November 2007. Meredith was a 21 year old British student from Coulsdon, South London who was studying at Leeds University and had travelled to Perugia, Italy to study at its prestigious School for Foreigners. She was a pretty and popular student who had recently celebrated Halloween in Perugia and had visited her friend’s apartment for Pizza and a movie on the night of 1st November 2007. The following morning Meredith’s body was found on the floor of her bedroom, covered in blood and concealed by a duvet. She had been brutally sexually assaulted, tortured and her throat savagely cut. What’s more the nature of the fatal wound had ensured poor Meredith had died a slow and agonising death, drowning in her own blood.
The world was stunned. Who could commit such a heinous crime? Forums sprang up, journalists speculated and whispers began circulating that Meredith had been killed for refusing to take part in a sexual orgy. Three suspects were initially identified and arrested Congolese bar owner Patrick Lumumba and a young couple: Italian national Raffaele Sollecito and Meredith’s 21 year old American housemate Amanda Knox. Lumumba was quickly cleared as a suspect when a witness came forward and provided him with an air-tight alibi. As evidence pointed to a third person in the house that night, another suspect Rudy Guede was quickly identified and captured in Germany when police tracked him using his Facebook account. DNA and forensic evidence placed all three suspects at the scene of the crime. Guede opted for a ‘Fast-Track’ trial fearing a plot against him from Knox and Sollecito’s defence lawyer, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. After what feels like a lifetime of pre-court hearings, appeals, accusations and defence campaigns, Knox and Sollecito will be tried for the murder of Meredith Kercher on the 16th January 2009.
The whole world will be watching. Forums will come alive with the details of the alleged 10,000 page dossier of evidence and the whole world may finally know what really happened to Meredith Kercher. The fantastic website True Justice for Meredith Kercher (link in the side bar) has been the most up to date, factually correct useful source of information about any crime investigation that I have ever come across. I have found the posts riveting, relevant, insightful and above all respectful. Most journalists could do a lot worse that use it as there absolute grounding on the case and maybe they could learn how to ensure they remained impartial at all times whilst ensuring the memory of this beautiful young woman and her family is honoured with respect and dignity. Amanda Knox is on trial and is still innocent until proven guilty. Nobody needs to read her diary. Nobody needs to give her any more attention than she has already received.
Even though I never knew Meredith, even though I never will know her, eat pizza with her, go shopping or have a drink with her. I will always know that Meredith was a very special young woman indeed. A young woman that endured a horrific death and one who deserves to be remembered.
( Meredith Kercher 1986 – 2007)