A broken relationship, three deadly shots, an attempted cover-up, and “an unmistakable desire to end Andrew Bush’s life.” Slovakian model Maria Kukucova will now face murder charges over the death of the millionaire British businessman, shot dead at his Estepona home.
Painstakingly collected evidence from the scene and the vivid testimony of Bush’s new girlfriend, Russian Maria Korotaeva, left prosecutors with no choice but to seek the maximum penalty. The 25-year-old, locked up in a maximum security prison in Alhaurin de la Torre since 2014, allegedly broke into the Brit’s luxury villa and lay in wait for his return. Seeing the 46-year-old arrive with his new 21-year-old girlfriend, Kukucova ran outside.
Preliminary conclusions allege that after Bush tried to comfort her, she surprised him with three thunderous shots, one to the arm and two to the head with a .38 revolver. She then, the report states, put the gun in his hand to try and make it look like he had shot himself.
The private prosecution, representing Bush’s daughter and sister, is requesting 25 years in jail and another two for breaking into the property.
Meanwhile her defence, led by Malaga lawyer Carlos Larrañaga, has asked for her to be absolved and claimed she committed no crimes and that even if she was proved to have been involved she acted in self-defence.
The crime, which hit the news all over the world, happened on April 5, 2014, in Sun Beach, Estepona, where the British businessman had rented the luxury villa.