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Eliska Novotna Murder Trial: Jury Convicts Woman Who Stabbed Housemate After Playing 'Sexual Games'

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Eliska Novotna was found guilty of culpable homicide at Scotland's High Court in Dundee
Eliska Novotna was found guilty of culpable homicide at Scotland's High Court in Dundee

A jury in the U.K. has found Eliska Novotna, a woman accused of murdering her housemate in October 2011, guilty of culpable homicide, the BBC reports.

The 23-year-old woman admitted in court to repeatedly stabbing her housemate, 39-year old Arunas Ramanauskas, after tying a dressing gown cord around his eyes and neck.

According to her testimony, Novotna was topless when she stabbed Ramanauskas six times with a knife. But Novotna denied murder charges, claiming she acted in self defense.

Novotna said she feared becoming the victim of a sexual attack after Ramanauskas "pulled her on top of him and tried to make her perform a sex act," the Daily Mail reported.

According to STV, Novotna told a police officer that she and her house mate "played sexual games, then I killed him."

The BBC reported earlier that police had found "sex accessories" during a search of Ramanauskas' bedroom at the farm house near Peebles, Scotland, where the housemates lived.

The jury took two hours to reach a decision after an eight day trial, the BBC reported. She is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Culpable homicide in Scotland is decided by a majority vote among 15 jurors in a trail, according to the Scottish government's website.

"If someone is found guilty of culpable homicide, the maximum penalty open to the court is life imprisonment," it states. "But the court rarely imposes the maximum sentence and may impose a much lower penalty."

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