Police have confirmed the name of the fourth suspect they are seeking in connection with the murder of Meredith Kercher as Rudy Hermann Guede, 21. He has a police record for possession of drugs and involvement in a knifing incident in Perugia some years ago.
The international arrest warrant that police have issued for Mr Guede, originally from Ivory Coast, turns the case of the English student's murder upside down and throws into doubt detectives' claims that they had already cracked the case with the arrests of Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Patrick Lumumba.
It also subverts the theory advanced by the preliminary judge in the case that Kercher, 21, was murdered at the climax of a game of extreme sex in which she did not want to participate. She may have been killed, for reasons as yet unknown, while fully dressed then undressed afterwards to make the crime look like rape and murder.
Mr Guede's fingerprints were found on a blood-soaked pillow in the room where Kercher died, and his DNA on faeces in the flat's lavatory. …