The verdict was received as a shock by some while welcomed by others and means Knox is now a fugitive.
The case attracted massive media attention and so the appeal came as no huge surprise but the retrial that was subsequently ordered has reopened the whole issue of questions over the evidence versus questions over the testimony of Knox and Sollecito. There were gaps and inconsistencies on both fronts but the verdict delivered in the past half hour suggests that the balance of probability and believability swung back against Knox and Sollecito enough to find them guilty. There remains doubt over the evidence and the mystery over the fact that Rudy Guede is serving out a 16 year term for pleading guilty to the murder - so where does he fit in and link in with Knox and Sollecito. Also unanswered is why Knox sought to implicate former bar owner Lumumba at the time.