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Model guilty of murdering British millionaire ex-boyfriend Andrew Bush in Spain

Published 27/05/2016

Mayka Kukucova has been on trial over the killing of British millionaire Andrew Bush.
Mayka Kukucova has been on trial over the killing of British millionaire Andrew Bush.

A Slovakian model who shot her British millionaire ex-boyfriend twice in the head has been found guilty of his murder at a court in Spain.

Mayka Kukucova, 26, claimed she "never meant to hurt" Andrew Bush, who died at his home near Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

She told the Ciudad de la Justicia in Malaga that the former jewellery store owner died during a violent struggle and she broke down in tears when photos of his body were shown in court.

Mr Bush had returned home unexpectedly from a trip to the UK while his ex-girlfriend was in his house collecting her things.

Kukucova said "shots were fired" during the fight on April 4, 2014, but denied murder, saying that she had acted in self-defence.

But she was convicted of murder on Friday.

Mr Bush, 48, was well known in his home city of Bristol for his jewellery business and was previously married to former BBC Bristol presenter Sam Mason - mother of his daughter Ellie, 21.

He met Kukucova when she worked in his shop and the pair were together for two-and-a-half years. The relationship broke down around six months before Mr Bush was killed.

Mr Bush was known for having a keen interest in cars, and it was in his Hummer that Kukucova made her getaway on the night he died.

Days later she handed herself to Slovakian authorities and was detained before being extradited to Spain.

Kukucova did not enter a formal plea, and prosecutors are now seeking a sentence of up to 25 years for the murder.

Mr Bush's sister, Rachel, who gave evidence during the trial, told Press Association: "Unless someone has had someone close to them be murdered, they cannot understand how it feels.

"It was very hard to see Kukucova there in court, telling those lies."

Making a tearful tribute to her father, Ellie Mason-Bush told the court: "He was my only parent growing up. He was the only person that I had."

She said that even though he and Kukucova had split up, "he was still supporting her and still wanted to help her".

Maria Korotaeva, Mr Bush's girlfriend at the time, was sitting in the Hummer waiting for her partner as he was being killed.

Giving her account of the night, she told the court: "I never imagined what was happening.

"Andy had never said anything bad about her, just that he couldn't be with her anymore."

On Monday she she posted a picture of herself with Rachel and Ellie on Instagram with the caption: "Me, Ellie and Rachel Bush yesterday night in Malaga. We will do anything in our power to get justice."

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