Meredith Kercher killer Rudy Guede freed early from jail

The only person convicted of the sexual assault and murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007 has been released from prison early for good behaviour, Italian media is reporting.

Rudy Guede has served 14 years of a 16-year jail sentence after being found guilty in a fast track trial of the sexual assault and murder of Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon in Surrey.

“It’s the conclusive moment of a very sad affair,” Fabrizio Ballarini, his lawyer, told the Italian press. “First thoughts must to go the victim and her family. Rudy has undergone an excellent course of reeducation.”

Meredith Kercher was killed while studying abroad in Italy in 2007

Credit: Meredith Kercher/Facebook

Guede, 34, who was born in the Ivory Coast and came to Italy as a child, was a drifter and small-time drug dealer when he was accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Ms Kercher in her rented accommodation in the hilltop town of Perugia in Umbria.

Two other people were accused of the same crimes – Amanda Knox, who was Ms Kercher’s flatmate at the time, and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian.

In a tortuous legal process, they were convicted, then acquitted, then convicted again before having their acquittals definitely upheld by Italy’s supreme court. Ms Knox has since returned to live in Seattle, Washington, and recently gave birth to her first child.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

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