Meredith Kercher’s killer Rudy Gede released early from Italian prison

A man convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 has been released from prison early.

Udi Guede has served 16 years in prison after being found guilty of the sexual assault and murder of Ms. Kercher in Perugia, central Italy.

According to Italian media reports, he was expected to be released in January, but was released early for good behavior.

Her lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini, said her thoughts were with Ms Kercher and her family after the “painful” case. He said Gede (34), originally from Ivory Coast, had completed an “excellent” route to rehabilitation.

Ms. Kercher, 21, an exchange student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found sexually assaulted and stabbed in her room on November 1, 2007.

Guede, who was 20 at the time, was convicted during a closed fast-track trial in 2008, when his bloody fingerprint was found at the scene.

He served most of his time behind bars at the Mammagiala Prison in Viterbo, but spent the past year doing community service.

Ms Kercher’s American flatmate Amanda Knox and her then Italian boyfriend were also initially convicted after a separate trial in 2009.

He was behind bars for four years before he was eventually acquitted. Both have always maintained their innocence.

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