Eliska Novotna murder trial told she slept with knife under her pillow
Published: 18th May 2012 15:04:31
A woman who stabbed her housemate on a Borders farm has claimed she slept with a knife under her pillow in the nights leading up to his death because she was "scared" of him.
Eliska Novotna, 23, has admitted striking Arunas Ramanauskas with a knife up to six times last October.
She denies murdering the Lithuanian, claiming that she acted in self-defence.
She also told the High Court in Dundee she barricaded her bedroom door.
Ms Novotna was giving evidence in her own defence for a second day.
She had previously told the court she stabbed Mr Ramanauskas as she feared being the victim of a sex attack.
The court has heard that the 23-year-old told police hours after the incident: "We played sexual games - then I killed him".
She told the court that she was "scared" of Mr Ramanauskas after moving in with him just six days before he died as she looked for accommodation closer to Glenrath Farm, near Peebles, where they both worked.
I feel bad - I didn't want him to lose his life”
Advocate depute Richard Goddard asked her: "You claim to have slept with a knife under your pillow yet that night you went to his room with him?"
She replied: "Yes that is true. At that moment I didn't feel there was a big danger to me.
"Every night I made sure my door was closed and barricaded so he would not get in."
Trial judge Lady Clark of Calton asked her: "What did you barricade the door with?"
She answered: "I had a table and desk that I put behind it."
Mr Goddard asked her why she barricaded the door when there was a lock on it and she said the lock was not working.
The advocate depute asked: "Are you making this up Miss Novotna?"
She replied: "I'm on oath - I would not make it up."
The court heard that a DVD movie titled "Butchered" was found on her bedroom table - beside the knife she claimed she slept with.
Defence counsel Jim Keegan QC asked Ms Novotna how she felt about Mr Ramanauskas' death.
She said: "I feel bad - I didn't want him to lose his life."
Ms Novotna denies a charge of murdering Mr Ramanauskas on 7 or 8 October last year at The Old Farm House, Easter Happrew Peebles, by repeatedly stabbing him on the body with a knife.
Ms Novotna has lodged a special defence of self-defence in the case.
The trial, before Lady Clark of Calton, continues.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Eliska Novotna murder trial told she slept with knife under her pillow. [Online] (Updated 18 May 2012)
Available at: http://www.glasgowwired.co.uk/news.php/1429485-Eliska-Novotna-murder-trial-told-she-slept-with-knife-under-her-pillow [Accessed 18th May 2013]
At 18:44:13 in OtherA man jailed for mistreating puppies could have £12,000-worth of any future assets seized under proceeds of crime legislation....
At 16:33:11 in OtherThe funeral of one of three soldiers recently killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has taken place in Edinburgh....
At 16:23:22 in OtherTwo men have been treated for smoke inhalation after an ice cream van caught fire at a Renfrewshire garage....
At 14:40:46 in OtherA nationwide exhibition celebrating the best art to have emerged from Scotland during the past 25 years is to be held....
At 13:34:34 in OtherThe partner of a man who is being blamed for murdering three people in a house fire in Helensburgh has denied providing a false alibi for hi...
At 11:51:06 in OtherA raccoon who escaped from a Perthshire wildlife park has been captured after more than three months on the run....
At 11:08:06 in OtherA leading Scottish heart hospital has conducted an internal review after an audit highlighted higher than expected mortality rates....
At 05:44:37 in OtherA quarter of MPs believe there is an "unhealthy" culture of drinking in Parliament, a survey has suggested....
At 00:13:04 in OtherScientists in Glasgow have discovered a low-cost way to create 3D images....
At 23:52:51 in OtherPolice are investigating a frightening new variation of card fraud, which tricks people into handing over all their credit and debit cards o...
News In Other Categories
Most of us will probably think of psychopaths as dangerous knife-wielding maniacs who are better off behind bars....
A thunderstorm has brought torrential rain and lightning causing road and rail problems in south west Wales....
The Swedish city of Malmo is gearing up to host the Eurovision Song Contest final with 26 countries set to perform for millions of TV viewer...
The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer....
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol ba...
A lorry driver from County Tyrone has been jailed for 14 years in Greece after being convicted for his part in smuggling herbal cannabis wor...