Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Amanda Knox 'a she-devil,' says lawyer

rexfeatures_1389181h.jpg
hero.jpg

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.

Related

Lenny-Pug-hero.jpg

Dog blog: Lenny live at London Fashion Week

banned.jpg

50 books that were banned

William-Shakespeare-hero.jpg

ShaL i compR thee 2a summer's dai?

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Reese Witherspoon’s vacation vibes to Cara Delevingne’s birthday getaway

by Nicola Colyer
16 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton defends Donald Trump from sexual assault allegations

“I think [the women] are just trying to get attention and get fame...”

by Moya Crockett
16 Aug 2017

The personality trait that Mindy Kaling hopes to pass on to her baby

Kaling gets real about motherhood as she confirms her pregnancy

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton describes the emotional fallout of her 2001 sex tape

“I could not leave my house for months”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017

Taylor Swift wins sexual assault case for “anyone who feels silenced”

“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017

This is why you’ll never see Jennifer Aniston on social media

That account you’re following is a fake.

by Moya Crockett
15 Aug 2017

Oprah Winfrey patiently explains why she’ll never marry her boyfriend

Just in case anyone thought it was their business

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Ryan Reynolds’ emotional tribute to woman killed on set of Deadpool 2

The death of Joi ‘SJ’ Harris has left him “heartbroken”

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Billie Piper on feminism, fear and her first love

"I’m just afraid of all of it."

by Stylist
15 Aug 2017

Laura Dern shares some pretty solid life advice

“Write your own story”

by Nicola Colyer
14 Aug 2017