by Terence Dackombe “Amanda Knox looked stunned this evening after she dramatically lost her prison appeal against her murder conviction. Prosecutors were delighted with the verdict and said that ‘justice has been done’ although they said on a ‘human factor it was sad two young people would be spending years in jail.”
Anyone landing on the Daily Mail’s ‘Mail Online’ website on Monday evening might very well have been rather impressed with the speed by which the details of the Amanda Knox verdict were published. Barely had the judge uttered the word ‘guilty’ before the Mail had uploaded a substantial piece giving considerable detail about the reactions in court, not only those of Ms Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, but also those of the victim’s family who “remained expressionless, staring straight ahead, glancing over just once at the distraught Knox family.”
Except, unfortunately for the Mail (and The Guardian and Sky News who also got it wrong) the judge was actually stating that Amanda Knox was guilty of slander against club owner Patrick Lumumba who was originally implicated in the crime but subsequently released without charge.