Model who killed millionaire ex-boyfriend jailed for 15 years

Model who killed millionaire ex-boyfriend jailed for 15 years

A Slovakian model who shot her British millionaire ex-boyfriend in Spain has been jailed for more than 15 years after she was found guilty of murder.

Mayka Kukucova, 26, was sentenced at the Ciudad de la Justicia court in Malaga two years after killing Andrew Bush at his home near Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

She told the court that the former jewellery store owner died during a violent struggle when he arrived at the house unexpectedly while she was there collecting her things.

She said she had "never meant to hurt" Mr Bush, 48, and broke down in tears when photos of his body were shown in court.

Kukucova was convicted of murder on Friday and was sentenced on Monday to 15 years imprisonment plus a further six months for breaking into Mr Bush's home.

She did not make a formal plea and prosecutors had been hoping for a 25-year sentence.

Mr Bush 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 4x4 that Kukucova made her getaway on the night he died.

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

On Saturday, Mr Bush's girlfriend, Maria Korotaeva, who had been waiting for him in the Hummer when he was murdered, posted a report of Kukucova's conviction on her Instagram page with the caption "Thank God".

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