Europe

Amanda Knox plans 'the simplest things'

  • 5 October 2011
  • From the section Europe

Amanda Knox is looking forward to doing the "simplest things" to rebuild her life, her father has told reporters outside his home in Seattle.

On Monday, Knox, 24, and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 27, were cleared on appeal of killing British student Meredith Kercher, 20, in 2007.

They had spent nearly four years in an Italian jail.

Earlier, an emotional Amanda Knox said she was "overwhelmed" to be back home in the United States.

Curt Knox said he was not prepared to reveal where his daughter was staying or to be drawn on whether she would sign a book deal in due course.

"Our focus is to allow her to kind of readjust to life outside of prison and let her do some of the things she hasn't had an opportunity to do - I mean some of the simplest things we take for granted like just walking on the grass in your bare feet or something like that," he said.

"She hasn't had the chance to do that for quite some time."

He said she was planning to go to college and complete her degree in the near future.

"But right now I think just getting some peace and being allowed to re-begin her life again is the focus - it's going to be small steps."

'Knows she's home'

Her step-mother Cassandra said Knox was "very tired and happy", saying she was emotionally exhausted and staying at an undisclosed location.

She said she "loves the Seattle rain - she knows she's home".

Meredith Kercher
Meredith Kercher was murdered in her bedroom in November 2007

An eight-member jury cleared both defendants of Miss Kercher's murder after doubts were raised over procedures used to gather DNA evidence.

The judge upheld Knox's conviction for slander for accusing bar owner Patrick Diya Lumumba of carrying out the killing. But he set the sentence at three years, time that Knox has already served, meaning she was free to leave.

During a separate earlier trial, Rudy Guede was convicted of Miss Kercher's murder for his role in the killing and sentenced to 30 years in prison. On appeal, his conviction was upheld but his sentence reduced to 16 years.

It was said in court that Guede did not act alone - raising questions following the acquittals as to who had also been at the murder scene.

The prosecution, which maintains Miss Kercher was killed in a brutal sex game which went wrong, is to appeal to Italy's highest court over the acquittals.

However, it appears unlikely that Knox would be extradited back to Italy from the US.