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Raffaele Sollectio makes break for it after guilty verdict
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:54:20 PM »

Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend made an audacious bid to escape Italian justice just as the verdict in his retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher was about to be delivered, driving hundreds of miles north and crossing over the border into Austria.

Raffaele Sollecito had vowed to be in court on Thursday to hear the verdict but at the last minute his lawyers said he was “too stressed” to attend and that he was suffering from panic attacks.

It was assumed that he was either resting in his hotel in Florence or had returned to Bari, the Adriatic port in the southern region of Puglia where his family live.

In fact the 29-year-old computer studies graduate was up to something very different.

At some point on Thursday afternoon he and his new girlfriend, student and part-time model Greta Menegaldo, slipped away from Florence in a brand-new Mini Cooper and drove around 250 miles north to the border with Austria.
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They crossed the frontier and headed to the nearby town of Villach.

As short time later they drove back into Italy and checked into a hotel in the mountain village of Venzone at about 1am.

There they had to hand over their identity documents, as is customary for guests when they check into hotels in Italy.

The night porter at the Hotel Carnia immediately realised who Sollecito was and called the police, who arrived at around 6am, as it was still pitch-black outside.

They knocked on the door of Sollecito’s room and woke up him and his girlfriend.

The couple was then taken to a police station in the city of Udine, where Sollecito was made to surrender his passport.

His Italian identity card was stamped to show that he is now prohibited from leaving the country.

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