Model accused of killing her millionaire former lover breaks down in court

Model accused of killing her millionaire former lover breaks down in court

A Slovakian model accused of killing a British millionaire at his luxury home in Spain broke down as images of her former partner's body were shown in court.

Mayka Kukucova was escorted from the courtroom at the Ciudad de la Justicia in Malaga on the second day of her trial, where she is charged with murdering former jewellery store owner Andrew Bush, from Bristol.

The 26-year-old said Mr Bush began to "shout" at her, "hit" her and "shot at" her when he returned to the house unexpectedly after a trip while Kukucova was collecting her things on April 4, 2014.

Her defence said "she shot him" during a violent struggle, but Kukucova insisted she did not realise the 48-year-old was dead.

Giving their evidence today, forensic medics showed the court images of Mr Bush's body, explaining that he had suffered three gunshot wounds.

They said the third, to Mr Bush's head, was the cause of his death.

Kukucova, speaking only to answer questions from her lawyer translated into Slovakian, said she fled the luxury mansion near Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Mr Bush's Hummer.

She then abandoned the 4x4 - which was found close to a nearby hospital two days later - and made her way to Madrid, where she met her boyfriend.

The pair took a bus to France and then to Slovakia, where she handed herself in to police.

She was detained on suspicion of "consumed intentional homicide", before being extradited back to Spain.

Kukucova has not entered a formal plea.

On Tuesday, the prosecution suggested she may have been still in love with Mr Bush.

One lawyer asked her: "Were you jealous after seeing pictures of Mr Bush together with his new girlfriend online?"

A police officer, who attended the scene on April 4, told the court he found Mr Bush's body "face down on the floor, near the front door".

He said: "There was blood everywhere. A revolver was in his left hand."

The forensic medic said that when he arrived at the scene he had heard about a possible suicide.

But he added: "I only had to take one look to tell the police that this was not a suicide."

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