A woman has gone on trial accused of murdering her housemate just days after moving in.
Eliska Novotna, 23, is alleged to have attacked Arunas Ramanauskas at a remote farmhouse near Peebles in October last year and stabbed him.
At the High Court in Dundee on Friday, Mr Ramanauskas's sister told the court her brother, known to friends as Russian Ronnie, had moved to Scotland from his native Lithuania around seven years ago.
Gitana Ramanauskaite, 38, cried as she described her brother, who died aged 39, as her "number one" and said he was a "good man".
She said: "We grew up very close. He was married a long time ago and had a daughter who he was very close with as well. He was a very helpful and a very honest man.
"The last time I saw him was about a week before he died. He came to visit me at my house in Peebles - he was as always a very cheerful man."
She added: "We were told by the police that he died on October 8. The next day I went to identify his body."
Jacqueline Campbell told the court her family own the farm at Glenrath where Novotna, a Czech national, and Mr Ramanauskas both worked.
She said: "Arunas had lived at Easter Hepprew in the Old Farm House for around five years. His house was around 50-100 yards from mine. Eliska Novotna had been living there for six days on October 7. She had previously been living in Penicuik. I had no knowledge of any previous relationship between them.
"On that day my husband was going to get up at 5am to go to a tup sale. He heard a commotion at around 4.30am and went out and saw an ambulance and police there. My understanding was that she was to be living there for only a short time before finding somewhere closer to work."
Novotna, 23, denies a charge of murdering Mr Ramanauskas on October 7 or 8 last year at The Old Farm House, Easter Happrew Peebles, by repeatedly stabbing him on the body with a knife.
She further denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by refusing to comply with a warrant instructing her to submit to medical examination at Borders General Hospital, Melrose, on October 8 2011.
Novotna has lodged a special defence of self defence in the case.
The trial, before Lady Clark of Calton and a jury of nine men and six woman, continues.
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