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Amanda Knox 'a she-devil,' says lawyer

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Amanda Knox has been described as a "diabolical, satanic, demonic she-devil" as she fights to overturn her murder conviction in an Italian court.

The attack on her personality came from a lawyer representing Patrick Lumumba, the Congolese bar man Knox initially blamed for the murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in 2007.

"Who is Amanda Knox?" Carlo Pacelli asked the court on Monday (26 September). "Is she the mild, sweet young woman with no makeup you see before you today? Or is she, in fact, the one I have described and who emerges from the court papers on the basis of eyewitness portraits, given over to lust, narcotic substances and the consumption of alcohol?"

Pacelli went onto say that Knox was "the one and the other. In her, there is a double soul: the good, angelic, compassionate one ... tender and ingenuous, and the Lucifer-like, demonic, satanic, diabolic one that at times wanted to live out borderline, extreme actions and dissolute behaviour."

Knox named Lumumba as Meredith Kercher's killer in a statement to police four days after her fellow student's body was discovered in the flat they shared in the Italian town of Perugia. She later withdrew the accusion, which was made following an all-night interrogation without a lawyer.

The 24-year-old American is currently appealing her 26-year jail sentence for murdering Meredith in what the prosecution described as a violent, drugs-fuelled sex game at their apartment in October 2007. Knox's Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted over the killing.

"She (Knox) falsely blamed Lumumba when she knew he was innocent," Pacelli told the jury. "She put him in jail for two weeks away from his family. After poor Meredith, the second victim in all this is Patrick Lumumba - Amanda destroyed him as a man, husband, father, she muddied his character. She was a diabolical, satantic, demonic she-devil."

Knox was convicted of murder in 2009, but doubt has since been cast over the veracity of crucial DNA evidence used in her trial. An appeal verdict is expected early next week.

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