Woman guilty of killing housemate in Borders farmhouse

A WOMAN has been convicted of killing her housemate in a farmhouse in the Scottish Borders.

Eliska Novotna, 23, was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Arunus Ramanauskas at the property they shared in Easter Happrew Farm, Peebles on Saturday, 8 October 2011.

Officers found the 39-year-old in his home with a number of puncture wounds to his chest.

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Despite the efforts of ambulance staff, Mr Ramanauskas died at the scene.

Novotna had claimed she was acting in self defence after he tried to get her to perform a sex act.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Robertson, who led the investigation, said: “The full circumstances as this incident in which Arunus Ramanauskas suffered ultimately fatal injuries may never be known.

“However, Lothian and Borders Police conducted a robust investigation to prove that Eliska Novotna was involved in his death and today’s verdict reflects that.

“My deepest sympathies remain with Mr Ramanauskas’s family at this time and I hope they can now begin to move on with their lives.”