5 Dec 2009

Two found guilty of murdering British student

9:01 pm on 5 December 2009

American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend have been found guilty by an Italian court of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Knox, who is 22 years old, bowed her head and burst into tears as she was jailed for 26 years for murder and sexual violence.

Her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was given 25 years.

Miss Kercher, a 21-year-old from Surrey who was studying at Leeds University, was found with her throat slit in Perugia in 2007.

Knox denied killing her in a sex game. But prosecutors said Sollecito held her down while Knox stabbed her to death.

The pair committed the killing with Rudy Guede, who was jailed for 30 years for murder and sexual violence last October.