Sheriff rejects bail plea by Peebles woman accused of killing Lithuanian

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A MURDER accused has been refused bail after making a second court appearance within 24 hours.

Twenty-two-year-old Eliska Novotna, whose address was given as Peebles, was remanded in custody when she appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff on Monday.

She’s charged with killing 39-year-old Arunus Ramaanauskas from Lithuania.

His body was found at Easter Happrew Old Farm near Stobo in Peebleshire on Saturday morning.

Novotna – who is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice – made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody overnight for further examination.

During that time the sheriff considered an application to be released on bail.

But today (Tuesday) the sheriff rejected the bail application and ordered that she be kept in custody.

Novotna is due back in court for a committal hearing on Tuesday.