Murder accused claims self defence

A WOMAN accused of stabbing a man to death at a farmhouse hear Peebles will stand trial on May 8.

At a brief hearing in the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, lawyers for Eliska Novotna, 22, claimed she was acting in self defence.

Novotna, currently on remand, denies murdering 39-year-old Aruna Ramanauskas at the Old Farm House, Easter Happrew, near Peebles on October 7 last year.

She also denies a charge of trying to hamper investigations by refusing to be medically examined at the Borders General Hospital the following day.

After hearing reports on how preparations for the trial were going, judge Lord Bannatyne fixed a date of May 8 at the High Court in Dundee.