Thursday 8 December 2016

I shot millionaire lover in self-defence - model

Alan Clendenning in Malaga

Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30

Maria Kukucova (centre) appears in court in Malaga, Spain, where she is accused of killing her former partner, British millionaire Andrew Bush. Photo: PA
Maria Kukucova (centre) appears in court in Malaga, Spain, where she is accused of killing her former partner, British millionaire Andrew Bush. Photo: PA

A Slovakian model on trial in the fatal shooting of her British millionaire ex-boyfriend tearfully claimed he pulled out a pistol and it went off while they struggled for it.

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Prosecutors say Maria Kukucova shot Andrew Bush twice in the head and once in the shoulder at his home in the southern beach resort of Estepona on April 5, 2014, and are seeking to have her imprisoned for 20 years.

Ms Kukucova (26) testified she didn't know how many shots were fired because the first one was so loud that she went temporarily deaf, hearing nothing just after it.

"I didn't want to cause him any harm," Ms Kukucova said, sniffling and trying to hold back tears. "The gun just went off. I only wanted to break free from his grasp."

Her jury trial in Malaga is expected to last at least three days.

Bush was 48 and owned a jewellery store in Britain where Kukucova had worked before he moved to Spain.

The two broke up about a month before the killing following a relationship of more than two years. Kukucova testified she spent two days alone inside his house and that he arrived after a trip with a Russian girlfriend, Maria Korotaeva.

Mr Bush told Ms Korotaeva to go outside the home and get into his car after finding Mr Kukucova in his home, and he and Ms Kukucova started fighting, the suspect testified.

She said he pointed the gun at her and that it went off during their struggle. Kukucova fled to Slovakia and turned herself in four days later.

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