A swimsuit model accused of gunning down her British businessman ex-boyfriend at his home near Marbella, Spain, has told a Spanish court that she acted in self-defense.
Speaking at the second day of her murder trial at the Ciudad de la Justicia in Malaga, Mayka Kukucova, 26, told the jury that British businessman Andrew Bush had “hit” her and “shot at” her on the night of his death in April 2014, reports the BBC.
Kukucova’s defense added that she shot Bush during a violent struggle and was not aware that he had died. That assertion built on testimony from Monday, where Kukucova told the court she had “never wanted to hurt” Bush.
“My client shot him,” defense counsel Carlos Larranaga told the jury Monday. “You must decide if Mr. Bush was killed in an aggressive way, or as a method of defense.”
Bush, 48, started dating Kukucova after she took a job in his jewelry shop in Bristol, England.
Forensic evidence on Monday revealed that he suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and two to the head – with the final shot to the head providing the fatal blow.
A police officer that arrived on the scene added that he had discovered Bush “face down on the floor, near the front door,” adds the BBC. “There was blood everywhere. A revolver was in his left hand.”
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During her testimony on Monday, Kukocova claimed that she and Bush had split one month earlier and that he had given her permission to retrieve some personal belongings from his home on the night in question.
When Bush suddenly arrived home with a new girlfriend, Russian socialite Maria Korotaeva, 22, she told the court that he flew into a rage and started attacking her.
“He started shouting and hitting me and took me strongly by the arms. I said I wanted to go but he said no,” Kukocova told the court, reports The Guardian. “He was shouting that he was going to kill me and my family.”
Midway through the fight, Kukucova testified she found the gun in her hands and, allegedly fearing for her life, fired repeatedly.
“I don’t know how many times the gun went off,” she added, according to The Guardian.
Kukocova then fled the scene in Bush’s car. Following an international hunt, she turned herself in to authorities in her native Slovakia, some 2,000 miles away, four days later. She was later extradited to Spain.
On Tuesday, the prosecution advanced an alternative theory to the night’s events: Prosecutors suggested that Kukucova may have killed Bush in an act of jealousy after seeing him with his new girlfriend, Korotaeva, who was present in court Tuesday.
“Were you jealous after seeing pictures of Mr. Bush together with his new girlfriend online?” asked the prosecutors.
According to the BBC, Kukucova broke down in tears when images of her former partner’s body were shown in court and had to leave the chamber. If found guilty of murder, she faces 20 years in prison.
“The facts are that a person has died. There was a homicide but we have not accepted that my client is a murderer,” Larranaga stated Monday.