Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend, now absolved of Meredith Kercher's murder, defends Memories, his ‘social network for graves’

The man who was jailed for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2009, before being acquitted in 2011, has unveiled his ambition to release “a social network for graves".

Raffaele Sollecito, who served four years in jail for Kercher’s murder in Italy in the high profile Amanda Knox case, was acquitted and is now working on a “social network for graves,” called Memorials where the deceased can be remembered and tributed.

Bolstered by a €66,000 Italian government grant, Sollecito, who earned a degree from Computer Science at the University of Perugia while he was in prison, said the idea for the service came to him after the death of his mother.

He told the Local that the social network would also link users up with a host “graveside services” in addition to providing a page where the deceased can be remembered.

Denying his app is “a little morbid” he said: “There’s no other service like this at the moment, I think it’s a really sweet idea and a good way to remember the dead.”

The service will launch in the spring in Italy although Sollecito is aiming for a global expansion.