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A SLOVAKIAN model who shot her Bri­tish mil­lion­aire ex-boyfriend at his lux­ury home in Spain said she went on the run be­cause she was “ter­ri­fied”, a court has heard.

Mayka Kuku­cova is charged with mur­der­ing An­drew Bush, 48, af­ter his body was found at the prop­erty near Mar­bella on the Costa del Sol.

Ap­pear­ing for a sec­ond day at the Ci­u­dad de la Jus­ti­cia in Malaga, she de­scribed a four-day trip across Europe to es­cape Mr Bush, who she claims had threat­ened her fam­ily dur­ing a vi­o­lent strug­gle.

The 26-year-old said he 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 the fight, but Kuku­cova in­sisted she did not re­alise he was dead.

Speak­ing only to an­swer ques­tions from her lawyer trans­lated into Slovakian, she said she took Mr Bush’s Hum­mer 4x4 and fled.

She aban­doned the car and went to Madrid, where she met her boyfriend.

The pair took a bus to France and then to Slo­vakia where she handed her­self in to po­lice.

Kuku­cova was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of “con­sumed HAP­PIER TIMES: An­drew Bush and Mayka Kuku­cova in­ten­tional homi­cide”, be­fore she was ex­tra­dited back to Spain.

She told the court: “I was watch­ing tele­vi­sion, then I heard Andy in the gar­den. I couldn’t be­lieve what I was hear­ing. I went up­stairs to get dressed.

“When he came and saw me, he told his girl­friend (Maria Koro­taeva) to go out to the car.

“He started shout­ing and hit­ting me and took me strongly by the arms.

“I said I wanted to go but he said no. He was shout­ing that he was go­ing to kill me and my fam­ily.”

She said she sud­denly found her­self with a gun in her hands and added: “I couldn’t hear any­thing. I was just try­ing to get away. I didn’t want to hurt him.”

Kuku­cova has not en­tered a for­mal plea.

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