THE man convicted of killing British university student Meredith Kercher in 2008 walked free today – just 14 years after her savage death.
Rudy Guede, 34, was released early from prison for good behaviour after he was due to complete his sentence on January 4.
Drifter Guede served just 14 years of his initial 16-year jail sentence after he was convicted in 2008.
Fabrizio Ballarini, his lawyer, confirmed to The Sun: “My client has paid his debt to justice. He is a free man.”
Speaking to the Italian press, Mr Ballarini said: “It’s the conclusive moment of a very sad affair.
“First thoughts must go to the victim and her family. Rudy has undergone an excellent course of reeducation.”
Meredith, 21, from Coulsdon, Surrey was found half-naked with her throat cut in Perugia, Italy, in September 2007.
Her housemate Amanda Knox, 33, and Knox’s then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 36, were also convicted of murder but were released in 2011 following an appeal.
Knox slammed the early release of Ruede claiming she was also a victim of him as she had carried the burden of his crime.
“I continue to this day to be shocked that he is the forgotten killer,” Knox said on Good Morning America last year.
“The one who was quietly tucked away, convicted of a lesser crime, and does not have to live with the burden of forever being associated with Meredith’s death.
“I do know that many, many people have suffered a great deal because of what he did.”
Last year The Sun on Sunday revealed how Guede was on day release and working at a local library as we pictured him smirking while cycling to and from jail.
Guede was originally given 16 years but will serve the final years doing community service for local charities after his lawyer struck a deal with judges.
In September 2007 Meredith had just moved to Perugia in central Italy where she was studying at the city’s prestigious university. She was murdered two months later.
Guede is the only person handed a final conviction in connection to the case.