Multiple injuries suffered by Meredith Kercher, the British student sexually assaulted and murdered in Italy, prove that she was attacked by more than one person, a police pathologist testified over the weekend.
Jurors at the court in Perugia, where jailed American coed Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are being tried for the murder of Kercher, were shown photographs and video footage of the postmortem examination of Kercher’s body, conducted by Luca Lalli, the police pathologist.
Giuliano Mignini, the chief prosecutor, said the wounds identified by Lalli supported the case by the prosecution that Kercher was killed after refusing to take part in a drug-fuelled sex game in which Knox, 21, the roommate of Kercher, and Sollecito, who was the boyfriend of Knox at the time, took part with Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast immigrant.
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Guede was sentenced in October to 30 years in prison for the crime. He also appeared in court and refused to answer questions when put on the witness stand.
Knox and Sollecito deny the charges and claim that Kercher was attacked by a burglar.
The trail started in January and is taking place on an ad hoc basis on Fridays and Saturdays. Hearings are expected to last till June and a verdict is expected in the fall.