Knox breaks down in tears as she returns to Italy for first time

Amanda Knox has broken down in tears on her first return to Italy since her acquittal in the murder of her flatmate Meredith Kercher.

Ms Knox, 31, recalled her four years in jail after she was arrested in 2007 for the murder of British exchange student Ms Kercher in the house they rented in Perugia.

She became the focus of a sensational murder case, where she was depicted as an angel-faced man-eater dubbed Foxy Knoxy, while many in her native America defended her as an innocent victim caught in a judicial nightmare abroad.

Ms Kercher, a student from Surrey, was found semi-naked on 1 November 2007 in a pool of blood, her throat cut.

Ms Knox, who was initially convicted of the murder before being cleared on appeal, said she felt fearful upon her return to Italy.

“I’m afraid of being harassed, mocked, framed, I’m afraid that new accusations will be levied against me just because I’m here giving my version of events,” she told a criminal justice conference in Modena, northern Italy.

US journalist Amanda Knox reacts as she addresses a panel discussion titled "Trial by Media" during the Criminal Justice Festival
Image: Amanda Knox was cleared of murder in 2011

In an emotional speech in which she cried at one point, and at several others struggled to fight back tears, she launched a stinging attack on the media, which she said had failed to probe the authorities over an arrest she said was based on no evidence.

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“It was impossible for me to have a fair trial,” she claimed, recalling how in the eyes of many she had become “the dirty, psychopathic man-eating Foxy Knoxy”.

“They convicted that doppelganger. That person was sentenced to 26 years in jail,” she said.

“The verdict fell upon me like a crushing weight,” she added.

“I could only suffer in silence from my prison cell”.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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