Ex-soldier Karel Frybl who stabbed Scottish girlfriend 40 times is jailed for ‘ferocious’ killing

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A former soldier has been found guilty of murdering his Scottish girlfriend in a knife attack in Lapland.

Czech national Karel Frybl was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing Rebecca Johnson to death at a husky farm.

Frybl, 36, attacked her at a cottage in Kultimantie, Finland, leaving her with 40 wounds, including 10 in her chest.

A Finnish court heard how Frybl had been abusive towards 26-year-old Ms Johnson and had kicked her in the stomach the night before the fatal attack on 3 December, 2016.

After stabbing his girlfriend, with whom he had moved to Finland from Scotland, Frybl fled the scene with some of his dogs before being arrested two and half miles away in woodland.

When arrested, Mr Frybl, who served in the Czech army in Kosovo and Afghanistan, was found to have two stab wounds to his stomach, which prosecutors claim were self-inflicted.

During the trial the court heard how some of Ms Johnson’s wounds were inflicted when her back was turned or when she was trying to escape from their cabin.

He claimed he had no memory of attacking his partner with a 4.5-inch knife, and said he must have been suffering a temporary breakdown.

However a psychiatric report found he was not insane at the time of the incident.

At an earlier hearing Frybl – who also uses the name Radek Kovac – admitted culpable homicide, having denied murder, but was convicted at a court in Lapland on Friday and sentenced to life in prison, along with a €40,000 (£35,000) fine.

Under Finnish law, a murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence – which in practice means at least 12 years.

The court in Rovaniemi found there was no doubt the crime was committed in a “particularly ferocious, brutal and violent manner”.

Ms Johnson, from Burntisland, Fife, was a member of the Santa Safari team which organises Christmas-themed breaks to Lapland with Oxford-based tour operator Transun Travel.



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