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Eliska Novotna: Peebles 'sex games' killing appeal rejected

Eliska Novotna
Image caption Novotna's appeal to have her sentence for the killing reduced was refused

A woman jailed for nine years for stabbing her housemate to death after "sex games" went wrong has failed in a bid to have her sentence reduced.

Eliska Novotna, 23, tied up Arunas Ramanauskas, 39, with the cord of a dressing gown and blindfolded him before stabbing him six times at a farmhouse near Peebles.

Her lawyers said her sentence was too harsh as she had acted in self-defence.

Appeal judges ruled that was not the case and confirmed the sentence.

Lord Clarke said that the attack on Mr Ramanauskas was "ferocious" and went beyond self-defence.

"We do not regard the sentence in this case as excessive," he said.

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