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Kercher accused 'a fan of knives'

Raffaele Sollecito
Mr Sollecito has insisted he is "not a violent person"

An Italian man accused of killing British student Meredith Kercher said he was "a fan of arms and knives", a court in Perugia has heard.

Police officer Daniele Moscatelli said Raffaele Sollecito, 24, made the remark when he was being questioned by police.

He also had a "long" knife in his pocket, the office said, but it is not thought to be the weapon used to kill 21-year-old Ms Kercher in 2007.

Mr Sollecito and American Amanda Knox, 21, deny the murder.

Last year a third man, Rudy Guede, was convicted of the killing and sentenced to 30 years in jail. He had admitted to being in the house at the time of the murder but denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Moscatelli told the court that Mr Sollecito looked "quite confused and nervous" during his questioning by police in the hours after the murder.

Another police officer, Fabio D'Astolto, told the court that in the same period Ms Knox "was nervously walking up and down the hallway, bringing both hands to her head and hitting it".

Both defendants attended the hearing on Friday. Ms Knox ignored questions shouted at her by reporters during a break, but her stepfather, Chris Mellas, said she was "doing OK".

Prosecutors say Ms Kercher was killed during a violent sex attack by Ms Knox, Mr Sollecito and Guede.

They maintain there is DNA evidence on a knife and on Miss Kercher's bra allegedly linking Mr Sollecito to her death.

Correction 15 March 2009: An earlier version of this story stated that Rudy Guede had pleaded guilty to the killing of Meredith Kercher. It has been amended to make clear he had denied the offence but was found guilty.

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