Friday 17 November 2017

British millionaire believed to have been shot dead by ex lover

A shot of the crowded beach on the Costa Del Sol in Spain.
A shot of the crowded beach on the Costa Del Sol in Spain.

Claire Carter

A millionaire businessman has been shot dead at his luxury mansion in the Costa del Sol.

The jeweller, named locally as Andrew Bush, was found on Saturday morning and had been shot in the head.

The man, who is believed to have launched Andrew Davids jewellers in Bristol, UK and his girlfriend are said to have been ambushed by a woman lying in wait for the pair inside the five-bed house as they returned from a trip abroad together.

The mystery female, described by neighbours as an ex-lover, is believed to have fled the villa near the resort of Estepona in the man’s car. She is thought to have lain in wait for the couple, letting herself in with a spare set of keys she kept.

An Audi believed to have been used by the killer was taken away by police on Saturday along with a Porsche and Ferrari thought to be owned by the dead man, and a gun found by his side. His British girlfriend, who has not been named, has told investigators his ex opened the door to them as they returned from a week away.

She called 999 after allegedly being barred entry and seeing the woman speed off in one of Mr Bush's luxury cars before discovering she didn't have keys to get back in.

A source close to the investigation said: "It is being treated as murder and police are hunting the dead man's ex on suspicion of committing this crime.

"They are probing the possibility she may have let herself into the property while the occupant was away and waited for several days for him to return."

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: "All we know is that she's in her early twenties and comes from somewhere in eastern Europe.

"From what I've heard the police are treating it as a terrible act of jealousy. "I can't begin to imagine what the girlfriend must be feeling right now. She could so easily have been killed as well."

Another added: "Apart from the noise he made with his cars early in the morning, he was a good neighbour who never gave us any cause for concern.

"He kept himself to himself and wasn't around all the time. I've heard he had business interests all over the world although I wasn't sure exactly what he did.

"The only woman I ever saw at the property was a pretty young blonde woman who was British like him.

"She was his current girlfriend. She must have been in her mid to late twenties.

"He kept a boat in the grounds of the house and he always drove nice cars. He had a Hummer which he had resprayed and I've also seen him in a Porsche and a Ferrari."

The Spanish owners of the villa, called Mar Antika, arrived on Saturday to let police seal off the site and Mr Bush's sister is believed to be on her way to Spain. The villa lies in a quiet residential street in an area called Cancelada between San Pedro and Estepona. It is a two-minute walk from the beach in one direction and a dual-carriageway known as the New Golden Mile in another.

A National Police spokesman confirmed an investigation was underway after a British man was found dead at a property in Cancelada near Estepona but said he was not authorised to give out any more information.

A spokesman for the local emergency services said: "We received a call at 2.10am on Saturday morning from the partner of the dead man because she could not gain access to the property.

“Firefighters managed to get in and found the man lying dead inside with a gunshot wound to his head. Police are now investigating."

The Ideal newspaper based in nearby Granada said the police’s first line of investigation was to see if the autopsy could determine whether two gunshot wounds to Bush’s head were entry and exit wounds, which could indicate suicide, or both entry wounds, which would suggest murder.

The principal suspect is Bush’s ex-girlfriend, who is thought to have been the last person to see him alive and who Ideal said may have been inside the house on the night he died. The paper cited neighbours who saw the current partner walking out of the house after Bush had been seen entering with his ex-girlfriend, who had been lying in wait for the couple.

They said she closed all entrances to the house then left, which is why the current partner was unable to get inside, and called the emergency services. Firemen and police then had to scale the walls to get into the villa.

Neighbours said Bush rented the villa and only went there about four times a year, and that he usually travelled with his girlfriend and daughter. He had just arrived on Friday night after a prolonged absence.

A spokesman for the British Embassy in Madrid said, “We are aware of the death of a British national in Estepona, Malaga on 5 April. We are in touch with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to family.”

Mr Bush, who is believed to run a number of jewellery stores in Bristol, has one in the Galleries Bristol shopping centre which was shut on Sunday with a sign saying it has been closed until Monday.

A fellow jeweller in the shopping centre said he had been told of the news via email but was too upset to talk.

Another woman who runs a shop opposite said: "I used to see him around. He was a really nice guy - I can't believe what has happened."

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