I Find It Hard to Kill a Fly, Suspect Tells Kercher Trial; (1) Not Violent: Raffaele Sollecito Said He Was Victim of an Error (2) Killed: Meredith Kercher's Throat Was Cut
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA, NICK PISA
A SUSPECT accused of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in Italy told a court today he finds "it hard to kill a fly".
Raffaele Sollecito denied he had anything to do with the brutal killing of the 21-year-old insisting he is "not a violent person" and did not know why he was on trial.
The 24-year-old Italian is jointly charged with his former girlfriend, American Amanda Knox, for the murder of Miss Kercher.
In court in Perugia, he said: "I have nothing to do with this case. People who know me know that I find it hard to kill a fly. I'm the victim of a judicial error." Prosecution lawyers allege that Sollecito and Knox, 21, killed Leeds University student Miss Kercher, who was on an exchange programme in the Umbrian town of Perugia, after she refused to participate in a drug-fuelled extreme sex game.
The student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found dead in her bedroom on 2 November 2007 in the house she shared with Knox and others. Her throat had been slit.
Sollecito said he had not been with Knox long enough for them to want to include others in their sex life.
Knox smiled and waved at her father Curt who was sitting at the back of the court. She appeared relaxed in comparison to Sollecito, who repeatedly glanced round anxiously.
Sollecito's claim that he was at home downloading a cartoon at the time of the murder was then thrown into doubt by the first witness to take the stand.
Postal police chief Filippo Batolozzi said an inspection of Sollecito's computer revealed there had been no activity on it between 9. …