Model accused of murdering millionaire ex-boyfriend 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 when she fled.

Giving their evidence, forensic medics showed the court images of the victim’s body, explaining that he had suffered three gunshot wounds. They said the third, to his head, was the cause of his death.

Kukucova, speaking only to answer questions from her lawyer translated into Slovakian, said she fled the mansion near Marbella on the Costa del Sol in her former partner’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.

She got back to Slovakia, where she handed herself in to police, before being extradited back to Spain.


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