Thursday 29 September 2016

Model weeps as murder trial sees photos of ex's body

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Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Mayka Marica Kukucova
Mayka Marica Kukucova

A former swimwear model accused of killing British millionaire Andrew Bush at his luxury home in Spain broke down in court on the second day of her murder trial when images of her dead former boyfriend were shown in court.

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Maria, usually known as Mayka, Kukucova had to be escorted from the courtroom in Malaga yesterday as forensic experts showed pictures of the body to demonstrate how Mr Bush had been shot three times in his Costa del Sol mansion on the night of April 5, 2014.

The third bullet, which hit the 48-year-old in the head, killed the jeweller and gold dealer from Bristol.

A police officer who had been called to Mr Bush's villa in Estepona said he found the dead man "face down on the floor near the front door. There was blood everywhere. A revolver was in his left hand."

Ms Kukucova, a 26-year-old Slovakian model who had been in a relationship with Mr Bush until late 2013, has told the court that she was in the house collecting possessions when her former boyfriend turned up unexpectedly.

She said that they started to quarrel and he had physically assaulted her, threatening her with a gun which went off as they struggled. Her defence said "she shot him" during a violent struggle, but Ms Kukucova insisted she did not realise he was dead.

Apart from the three gunshot wounds, the court heard that the forensic scientists who examined Mr Bush's body did not find any other wounds which would be consistent with the idea that he had been involved in a struggle.

Prosecutors, who say that the accused waited for Mr Bush that night armed with a revolver before shooting him, placing the weapon in his hand and driving off in the millionaire's Hummer, suggested that she was consumed by a jealous rage after seeing online photographs of her former partner with his new girlfriend, Maria Korotaeva, a 22-year-old from Russia.

Ms Kukucova has not entered a formal plea in the case.

Irish Independent

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