A JURY has convicted a a woman of stabbing to death her housemate at Easter Happrew farm between Peebles and Stobo, writes Bob Burgess.
Eliska Novotna, pictured, denied murdering 39-year-old Arunas Ramanauskas and claimed she had acted in self defence.
It took the jury at the High Court in Dundee two hours to return a majority guilty verdict of the lesser offence of culpable homicide after an eight-day trial.
Novotna, 23, repeatedly stabbed the Lithuanian and told police they had played sexual games before she killed him.
She told the jury she tied a dressing gown cord round Ramanauskas’ eyes and neck.
Jurors heard she then armed herself with a knife before topless into his room and stabbing him six times.
He was found dead by police and paramedics on October 8 last year.
Novotna she had acted in self defence because he had tried to sexually assault her.
A number of sex toys and condoms were found in the dead man’s bedroom, the court heard.
Novotna’s QC Jim Keegan will make his plea in mitigation at the sentencing hearing in Edinburgh on June 19.
After today’s verdict Detective Chief Inspector Jim Robertson of Lothain and Borders Police who led the investigation commented: “The full circumstances of this incident in which Arunas Ramanauskas suffered ultimately fatal injuries may never be known.”