Kercher Killer Branded 'She-Devil'

26 September 2011, 14:38 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Amanda Knox, the American convicted of killing Leeds Uni student Meredith Kercher in Italy's been branded a lying, sex-loving she devil by the man she falsly accused of the murder.

Knox is currently awaiting the outcome of an appeal against her conviction in Perugia, but a lawyer for Patrick Lumumba told the hearing she was not to be believed.

Early in the investigation into the killing, Knox accused Mr Lumumba of killing Miss Kercher who shared an apartment with Knox in Perugia. He was briefly jailed, but later cleared. Knox maintains police pressure led her to accuse Mr Lumumba.

Mr Lumumba's lawyer Carlo Pacelli told the appeals court that Knox had a double soul: The clean-faced woman sitting before judges, and the she-devil who loves 'wild sex.'

Mr Lumumba is a civil plaintiff in the case, and in Italy civil portions of cases are heard at the same time as the criminal matter.

His lawyer asked the court:

'Who is Amanda Knox? Is she the mild-looking, fresh-faced person you see here, or the one devoted to lust, drugs and alcohol that emerges from the court documents?'

He maintained that a double soul co-existed in the 24-year-old American.

'Both a (saint) and a demonic, satanic, diabolical she-devil, which leads her toward borderline behaviour. This was the Amanda of November 1, 2007,' the night of the murder.

He insists that, at the time of the crime, 'she was an explosive mix of drugs, sex and alcohol.'

Knox's co-defendant in the appeals trial is her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. He was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. He, too, denies wrongdoing. A verdict in their appeals case is expected by next week.