It was with some shock last night that I found out that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were being acquitted of the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher. Like many people, I expected their sentences to be reduced, but for their convictions to be upheld.
As I am not familiar with this evidence used in this very unusual and complex case, as well as not having a good understanding of the Italian justice system, I don’t think it’s my place to comment on the result of the trials.
But one thing is certain in my mind – the media coverage of the trial has failed to express fully the nightmare the Kercher family is still living.
Could you imagine finding out that your clever and talented daughter has been murdered in a foreign country? Could you imagine the pain they must feel as they have to relive those moments in courts for over 4 years? Could you imagine having to endure listening to descriptions of the most appalling crimes being committed against your daughter, sister and friend?
I can’t imagine the feelings they have, and I hope anyone who reads this doesn’t either, no person should have to deal with those feelings.
The Kercher family themselves have said that the acquittals have meant that they still don’t know what really happened to their daughter and sister, which must make four years of court trial seem worthless.
I hope for their sake, and for Meredith, that the truth will finally come out, so that they can finally have some peace to remember their daughter, who had so much to live for.