In a verdict delivered on Friday, a Rome court mandated that Rudy Guede, must undergo a year-long “special surveillance” regime due to alleged mistreatment of his former girlfriend. The 36-year-old Ivorian national was convicted of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia.
The decision comes after authorities imposed a restraining order on Guede in December, following a complaint from his ex-partner.
The restraining order prohibits him from being within 500 metres of her and requires him to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
The additional restrictions mean he is now barred from any form of communication with the woman, including social media, and must remain indoors between 21:30 and 6:30. Additionally, he must inform the police every time he leaves his city of residence, Viterbo.
Only conviction for Meredith Kercher murder
Guede, released from prison in November 2021 after serving 13 years of a 16-year sentence for Kercher’s murder, remains the sole person definitively convicted in the case. His plea of innocence contrasts with the Italian Supreme Court’s acquittal of two other former suspects, Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, overturning their prior conviction.
Despite his request for a case review following Knox and Sollecito’s acquittals, Guede’s DNA evidence, found extensively at the crime scene and inside Kercher, remains integral to the case. Knox and Sollecito’s initial conviction relied on DNA evidence later deemed unreliable, leading to their ultimate exoneration.
Guede has maintained that he stumbled upon Kercher’s lifeless body in a state of shock, following a visit to the bathroom after encountering her on the night of her murder. He subsequently fled the country, only to be arrested in Germany several days later.