Swimsuit model Mayka Kukucova has been found guilty of murdering British jewelry magnate Andrew Bush, her ex-boyfriend, in a Marbella, Spain courtroom.
Kukucova, 26, from Slovakia, killed the millionaire businessman at his mansion in the Costa del Sol in April 2014.
While she did not enter a formal plea, she had asked the jury at the Ciudad de la Justicia in Malaga to believe that she had killed Bush, 48, in self-defense after he allegedly attacked her, saying she “never meant to hurt” the jeweler.
Yet the jury decided that the model – whose relationship with Bush ended six months before his death – had acted out of malice.
“Unless someone has had someone close to them be murdered, they cannot understand how it feels,” Bush’s sister, Rachel, told the court during the trial, reports The Guardian. “It was very hard to see Kukucova there in court, telling those lies.”
His daughter, Ellie Mason-Bush, who was also present in the court, added, “He was my only parent growing up. He was the only person that I had.”
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The case revolved around two differing interpretations of the events at Bush’s Spanish mansion on the night of April 4, 2014, when the millionaire jeweler returned to discover that Kukucova was in his home.
In her court testimony, Kukucova claimed that Bush had given her permission to retrieve some personal belongings while he was away on business. While she was there, Kukucova claimed, he had returned home unexpectedly with his new girlfriend, Russian socialite Maria Korotaeva, 22.
Kukucova said Bush then became violent and that during these moments, she suddenly found a gun in her hand and fired. Forensic evidence showed that the third shot she fired – to the head – was fatal.
Despite this account, the jury opted to believe a different version of events: that Kukucova had shot the jeweler in cold blood – possibly out of jealousy because of his new relationship with Korotaeva.
“I never imagined what was happening,” Korotaeva, who was waiting for Bush in his Hummer when he was murdered, told the court. “Andy had never said anything bad about her, just that he couldn’t be with her anymore.”
The prosecution will seek a sentence of 25 years, reports the BBC.