Meredith Kercher’s killer Rudy Guede says he ‘wants to be forgotten’ as he finishes his sentence
Meredith Kercher’s killer has said he “just wants to be forgotten” after serving his sentence for the murder of the British student two years earlier.
Rudy Guede, 34, was formally released on Tuesday, 14 years after the horrific murder and assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007.
Ivorian-born Guede was convicted in 2008 of the murder that also imprisoned Kercher’s American roommate, Amanda Knox, but was then sensationally acquitted along with her then-Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
Guede was found guilty after his DNA was discovered on Kercher’s body, despite his claims that he was listening to music in the bathroom when she was murdered.
Those who know the killer say he is a model inmate who has left the past behind and spends his days studying for his master’s degree.
‘Unfortunately, there are many media and newspapers that want to interview Rudy. I say ‘unfortunately’ because Rudy is not a star and after 14 years he just wants to be forgotten,” said Claudio Mariani, a professor of criminology who helped rehabilitate Guede.
“There’s nothing more to add to this story, except that a young British woman’s life was cut short and her family taught us dignity and the value of silence.”
Rudy Guede, 34, was due to be formally released on January 4, but his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday that his early release had been granted for good behavior (Photo: Guede after a court hearing in Perugia on September 16, 2008)
Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was murdered just two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad program at the prestigious University of Perugia (Photo: In an undated photo released in November 2007)
Amanda Knox Appears as a TV Guest on ‘Good Morning America’, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Guede has been on probation outside the prison in the city of Viterbo since last year after his sentence was reduced for good behavior.
“It is the defining moment of a very sad affair,” his lawyer Fabrizio Ballarini told the Italian press. “First thoughts should be with the victim and her family. Rudy has had an excellent re-education.’
Guede is studying for a master’s degree in historical sciences at Roma Tre University and Ballarini previously told judges about his “high degree of social integration” and “impeccable conduct”.
He was first offered a day release from Viterbo Prison in 2017 and started working as a researcher and librarian at the Center for Crime, Legal and Sociological Studies.
He lost an appeal to quash his case, but gained the support of local activists who have aided him in his reintegration.
Guede even organized a chess tournament for the inhabitants of Viterbo.
Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was murdered just two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad program at the prestigious University of Perugia.
Her body was found in her bedroom, partially undressed, with multiple stab wounds.
Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene, along with a palm print in his blood.
He admitted to being in the apartment but has always denied killing or sexually assaulting Kercher.
Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder. Pictured: Knox and Sollecito in 2007
Knox to be taken to court on September 26, 2008
He said he had gone into a “state of shock” after finding her dead after returning from the bathroom.
After the murder, Guede fled by train to Germany, where he was arrested days later.
He was charged with murder and assault and sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was later reduced to 16 years by an appeals court.
Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder.
Guede pictured being escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers as he exits the Perugia court after a hearing on September 26, 2008
Lumumba spent two weeks in jail and was not released until someone came forward with an alibi.
Knox and Sollecito were acquitted in 2011 and convicted again in 2014 by a Florentine appeals court.
The appeals court ruled that the injuries to Kercher’s body could not have been inflicted by Guede alone.
But in 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned the decision in a final verdict, saying the convictions of Knox and Sollecito were the result of “stunning flaws” in the investigation.