Meredith Kercher’s killer Rudy Guede says she ‘wants to be forgotten’ after completing her sentence

Meredith Kercher’s killer has said he ‘just wants to be forgotten’ after completing his sentence for the murder of a British student two years ago.

Rudy Guede, 34, was formally released on Tuesday, 14 years after the gruesome murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia. Italy, in November 2007.

The Ivorian-born Guede was convicted in 2008 of murder, which also saw Kercher’s American flatmate, Amanda Knox, jailed but then sensationally acquitted along with her Italian boyfriend of the time, Raffaele Sollecito.

Guede was found guilty after his DNA was discovered on Kercher’s body, despite his claims that he was killed when he was listening to music in the bathroom.

Those who know the killer say that he is the perfect prisoner who has left the past behind and spends his days studying for his master’s degree.

‘Unfortunately there are many media outlets and newspapers who want to interview Rudy. I say “unfortunately” because Rudy isn’t a star and after 14 years he just wants to be forgotten,’ said criminology professor Claudio Mariani, who helped Guede’s rehabilitation.

‘There is nothing more to add to this story, other than the fact that a young British woman’s life was cut short and from her family we learned the value of dignity and silence.’

Rudy Guede, 34, was to be formally released on January 4, but his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday that his early release was granted for good behavior (Picture: Court hearing in Perugia September 16, 2008) after Gede)

Kercher of Coulsden, Surrey, died two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad program at the prestigious University of Perugia (Picture: in an undated photo released in November 2007)

Kercher of Coulsden, Surrey, died two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad program at the prestigious University of Perugia (Picture: in an undated photo released in November 2007)

Amanda Knox appearing as a TV guest "good Morning America," Thursday, September 29, 2016

Amanda Knox appearing as a TV guest on ‘Good Morning America’ Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gude has been out of prison on probation in the city of Viterbo since last year after his sentence was commuted for good behavior.

“This is the defining moment of a very sad event,” his lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini, told the Italian press. ‘First thought should go to the victim and her family. Rudy has taken an excellent course of re-education.

Guede is studying for a master’s in historical science at Roma Tre University and Ballerini previously told judges of his ‘high level of social integration’ and ‘irreplaceable demeanor’.

He was first offered the day’s release from Viterbo prison in 2017 and began working as a researcher and librarian at the Center for Crime, Judicial and Sociological Studies.

He lost the appeal to reverse his case, but won the support of local activists, who helped him regroup.

Gede also established a chess tournament for the residents of Viterbo.

Kercher of Coulsden, Surrey, died two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad program at the prestigious University of Perugia.

His body was found in his bedroom, partially clothed, with multiple stab wounds.

Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene, as well as a palm print in his blood.

He admitted that he was in the apartment, but has always denied Kercher murder or sexual assault.

Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison following their convictions.  Knox was also convicted of defamation for falsely accusing one-time owner Patrick Lumumba of murder.  Pictured: Knox and Solecito in 2007

Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison following their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for falsely accusing one-time owner Patrick Lumumba of murder. Pictured: Knox and Solecito in 2007

Knox being taken to court on September 26, 2008

Knox being taken to court on September 26, 2008

He said he was “in a state of shock” after finding her dead after returning from the bathroom.

After the murder, Guede fled by train to Germany where he was arrested a few days later.

He was charged with murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years, which was later reduced to 16 years by an appeals court.

Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison following their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for falsely accusing one-time owner Patrick Lumumba of murder.

Guede is pictured being escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers as he leaves the court in Perugia after a hearing on September 26, 2008

Guede is pictured being escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers as he leaves the court in Perugia after a hearing on September 26, 2008

Lumumba spent two weeks in prison, only to be released when someone came forward with an excuse.

Knox and Solecito were acquitted in 2011, only to be convicted again in 2014 by a Florentine appeals court.

The appeals court ruled that the injuries sustained on Kercher’s body could not be inflicted by Goode alone.

However in 2015, Italy’s Supreme Court overturned the decision in a final decision, saying that the convictions of Knox and Sollecito were the result of ‘surprising flaws’ in the investigation.

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