Radek Kovac, 36, admits killing Burntisland woman Rebecca Johnson, 26

Radek Kovac, 36, admits killing Burntisland woman Rebecca Johnson, 26

The man accused of murdering a Burntisland woman in Lapland has admitted killing her – but denies the charge of murder.

Rebecca Johnson, 26, had been working as a Santa Safari tour guide in Finland and had been living with her then boyfriend and killer, Radek Kovac, 36, who also worked on the winter resort.

Kovac, who also goes by the name Karel Frybl, went on trial in Finland on 23 August accused of murdering animal-loving Rebecca at their flat in Kuttanen, Finland, on 3 December.

The court in Finland heard that Rebecca had been stabbed ten times and suffered several other injuries in the attack.

Kovac has admitted killing Rebecca but denied the charge of murder, saying he could not remember the attack  and blamed a mental breakdown stemming from his time spent in military service when he served in Kosovo.

The court heard there had been a row between the pair on the night that Rebecca tragically died.  The court also heard how Rebecca’s sister sent her a WhatsApp message to her when the sisters were exchanging messages about the argument.

Tragically, it said: “This will escalate and he may end up killing you.”

The trial is continuing.

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