THE SLOVAKIAN swimwear model accused of killing British jeweller Andrew Bush has been convicted of his murder.
Mayka Kukucova, 26, shot her ex-boyfriend three times following a confrontation at his home in Estepona in April 2014.
A nine-strong Malaga jury announced the guilty charge on Friday May 27 following a week-long trial during which the accused has repeatedly stressed her innocence, insisting that he first pointed the gun at her and that she did not mean to hurt him.
She has received an additional charge of break-and-enter after illegally making her way into the victim’s home, and may now face up to 22 years behind bars, with the sentence to be decided at a later date.
According to the Daily Mail Bush’s 22-year-old daughter Ellie said: “She’s finally got a little bit of what she deserves after what she’s put this family through.
“It’s been a tremendous ordeal to go through.
“We are just glad now that this chapter is finally done and we can move forward with our lives knowing that we got the justice we came here to get.
“We’re really happy with the verdict here today. We came a long way to get where we are.”
Mr Bush, then 48, was shot dead at his rented Estepona villa on April 5, 2014 after Kukucova, then aged 24, confronted him in front of his new Russian girlfriend after their two-year relationship had broken down.
He was shot three times with a .38 revolver, and the prosecution alleged that she then positioned the weapon in his hand to indicate suicide before she escaped in his Hummer.
Following the shooting she left Spain for her native Slovakia but later turned herself into police after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was extradited to Madrid and has been in Alhaurin de la Torre prison for more than two years awaiting trial.