Diya Patrick Lumumba

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Diya 'Patrick' Lumumba, born May 5, 1969, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was the owner of the Pub Le Chic, in Via Alessi, Perugia, where both Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher were employed. at different times. He is the man who Knox falsely accused of murdering Meredith, in her statements to police on November 5-6, 2007, leading to her conviction for calunnia.

Knox took a part-time job with Lumumba and initially worked every day, from around 9:30 pm, to 10 pm, then two days a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays.[1]

On the night of the murder, Knox, was scheduled to work at Le Chic. However, Lumumba sent her a text message – at a few minutes past 8 pm on November 1, 2007 – telling her that there was no need for her to go to work that evening.

In Knox's statements to the police, she said that, that evening, she met Patrick at the basketball court in the Piazza Grimana and they went home; that Patrick had sex with Meredith, with whom he was infatuated; and that she vaguely remembered that Patrick had killed Meredith. As a result of this statement (and a second one which added extra details, such as Knox's fear of Patrick), Patrick Lumumba was arrested by police. Forensic examinations of his premises and possessions were begun. Contrary to some accounts, Knox did not immediately retract this accusation and Patrick was held in custody for two weeks. On the evening of the murder, Patrick had had only customer in his pub: a Swiss academic who had talked politics with him. Back in Zurich, the man heard by chance about Lumumba’s arrest and contacted police with an alibi. Patrick was then released.

As a result of the police investigation, Le Chic was closed for three months, with a result that Patrick eventually went out of business. In 2010, the state of Italy paid him €8000, as compensation.

Knox's accusation of Patrick constituted a criminal offence of calunnia, but Patrick also brought a civil defamation case against Knox. The court awarded him €22000 damages, which Knox has never paid.

He gave evidence to the Massei court: see Patrick Diya Lumumba's Testimony. He was represented by his lawyer, Carlo Pacelli, in the Hellmann appeal and again in the Nencini appeal.

Notes

  1. Massei Report, p.61