Meredith Kercher’s killer is OUT of prison: He is seen cycling to work on day release despite serving 16-year sentence for murdering the British student
- Rudy Guede jailed in 2008 for killing Ms Kercher, 21, after she was found dead with 47 stab wounds
- Guede now working at criminology centre in Viterbo, Italy, and is riding to work
- Source close to Ms Kercher’s family said it was ‘upsetting’ to see Guede outside
The killer of British student Meredith Kercher, who is serving 16 years in an Italian prison for her murder, was granted day release from jail and seen smiling while cycling to his job as a librarian.
Rudy Guede was jailed for 16 years in 2008 for killing Miss Kercher, 21, who was found dead in her Italian flat in 2007 after being stabbed 47 times.
However, despite still having five years of his sentence left, Guede is now working at a criminology centre in the Italian city of Viterbo and was seen riding his bike to work.
The killer of British student Meredith Kercher, Rudy Guede (pictured in 2009), who is serving 16 years in an Italian prison for her murder, was granted day release from jail and seen smiling while cycling to his job as a librarian
A source close to the Kercher family told the Sun on Sunday: ‘We accept he has to be freed at some point but it is upsetting to see him outside now.’
When approached, Ivory Coast-born Guede said: ‘I can’t speak to you. I could get into trouble.
Guede had always denied killing Kercher. He was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison upon his conviction, which was reduced to 16 years following an appeal.
Guede was jailed for 16 years in 2008 for killing Miss Kercher, 21, who was found dead in her Italian flat in 2007 after being stabbed 47 times
He fled to Germany after the murder but was arrested and extradited after his bloody fingerprint was found on a pillow at Meredith’s home.
He admitted he was in her flat on the night of the murder but claimed he was in the bathroom when the crime was committed and heard screams.
Guede sought to pin the blame on Meredith’s American flatmate, Amanda Knox, and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
And the latest sighting of Guede comes two weeks after Ms Knox, now 31, returned to Italy for the first time since her conviction over Ms Kercher’s murder was quashed.
She and former lover Mr Sollecito had both served four years for the crime before their release in 2011.
The body of the British exchange student was found by police in the Perugia apartment she shared with Knox on November 2, 2007.
Guede sought to pin the blame on Meredith’s American flatmate, Amanda Knox (pictured above two weeks ago after her return to Italy), and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito
She and former lover Mr Sollecito (pictured in 2014) had both served four years for the crime before their release in 2011
Officers discovered Kercher’s throat was slashed and she had been sexually assaulted.
Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested and later convicted of murder and sexual assault in 2009.
The couple maintained their innocence, insisting that they had spent the evening together at Sollecito’s home watching a film, smoking marijuana and being intimate.
In 2011 the Perugia Court of Appeal acquitted the pair of the more serious charges, though upholding a minor conviction for Knox.
But in a flip-flop series of court decisions in her absence, her murder conviction was reinstated and then finally overturned again in 2015.
In the final ruling judges cited flaws in the investigation and said there was a lack of evidence to prove their wrongdoing beyond reasonable doubt, including a lack of ‘biological traces’ connecting them to the crime.