- British jeweller Andy Bush, 48, was shot at Costa del Sol villa on April 5
- Millionaire was killed as he arrived home with his most recent girlfriend
- Police arrested his model ex Mayka Kukucova, 24, in Slovakia on Tuesday
- His daughter Ellie today told how Ms Kukucova was ‘extremely jealous’
- 19-year-old gives the inside story on her father’s turbulent relationship
- Ms Kukucova was ‘obsessed’ with Mr Bush and had allegedly been abusive
- Miss Bush said: ‘Mayka definitely wasn’t normal. It still doesn’t feel real’
and Nick Craven
16:03 EST, 12 April 2014
02:43 EST, 13 April 2014
Everything in Andy Bush’s life was designed to impress: a stable of expensive cars, a string of trophy girlfriends half his age, and a luxury villa on the Costa Del Sol. No wonder the 48-year-old British gold dealer and pawnbroker was known to his envious customers as the ‘King of Bling’.
Last week’s brutal murder of this modern-day Midas and the arrest of his ex-girlfriend 2,000 miles from the crime scene has sent shockwaves through the Spanish tourist hotspot – with many details regarding the circumstances of the killing still a mystery.
Today, speaking for the first time, Mr Bush’s 19-year-old daughter Ellie and his sister Rachel, 42, reveal to The Mail on Sunday the inside story of the millionaire’s turbulent relationship with Slovakian Mayka Kukucova.
As police quiz model Mayka Kukucova over the death of British millionaire jeweller Andy Bush (left) in Spain last week, his daughter Ellie Bush (right) gives a chilling glimpse of how far her father’s ex was prepared to go to keep her man
Speaking for the first time since her father’s death on the Costa del Sol, Ellie (right) and Rachel Bush, Andy’s sister (left) told the Mail the inside story of the millionaire’s turbulent relationship with the Slovakian 24-year-old
Ms Kukucova (pictured) reportedly admits shooting Mr Bush in the head soon after he arrived back at his £1.5million villa in Estepona, Spain with his new Russian girlfriend Maria Korotaeva, who turns 21 today
The stunning 24-year-old reportedly admits shooting him in the head soon after he arrived at his £1.5 million property in Estepona, Spain, with his new Russian girlfriend Maria Korotaeva, who turns 21 today.
Mr Bush’s family paint a disturbing picture of Ms Kukucova as an irrational woman whose jealous rages destroyed her relationship with Mr Bush.
Ellie, who worked for her father in his small empire of shops around Bristol, said Ms Kukucova was ‘extremely insecure’ and ‘could not control her anger’. She claimed Ms Kukucova was obsessed with her father and would follow him to make sure he was not cheating on her.
The jealousy and paranoia became so pervasive, the swimwear model even began to feel threatened by Mr Bush’s relationship with Ellie.
Mr Bush began dating Ms Kukucova in 2012 when she got a job as an assistant in one of his Gold Trader shops in Bristol.
Ellie said: ‘She was always worried about him being with other women.’ She added that Ms Kukucova would throw tantrums on the shopfloor, check computers Mr Bush had used, and go through his phone.
Mr Bush’s sister, Rachel, who also worked in his shops, said: ‘It got to the stage where Andy had to ask Mayka to find a new job because her anger became uncontrollable. She would come in the shop and create big scenes, shouting in front of the staff.’
Mr Bush’s family paint a picture of Ms Kukucova as an irrational woman whose jealous rages destroyed her relationship with Mr Bush
Ellie (pictured left leaving her father’s villa with a bunch of flowers) said Ms Kukucova (pictured right with Mr Bush) was ‘extremely insecure’ and ‘could not control her anger’. She said the Slovakian model was obsessed with her father and would follow him to make sure he wasn’t cheating on her
But Ellie said Mr Bush saw the model ‘as a project – and was determined to bring out the best in her’.
Ms Kukucova’s erratic behaviour began to seriously trouble Ellie when they visited Dubai in September 2012 to celebrate Ellie’s 18th birthday. ‘She was really distant and Rachel and I both felt it was because it wasn’t about her,’ she said.
Ellie, whose mother, radio presenter Samantha Mason, split from Mr Bush six years ago, recalled: ‘My dad and I bought matching trainers and Mayka hated it. She wanted to be back in the limelight.’
Rachel also revealed that during the Dubai trip, Ms Kukucova admitted to her that she felt threatened by Ellie’s strong bond with her father.
‘Mayka cannot control her anger. She was like a child’
- Rachel Bush, Andy’s sister
She said: ‘Mayka told me, “I am jealous that Andy has got a daughter.” She walked off in the middle of the night for about five hours and when she got back she told me someone had tried to kidnap her but this was obviously a lie. It was pathetic.’
In a striking illustration of Ms Kukucova’s violent temper, she became abusive to Mr Bush when he refused to buy items in a Dubai shopping mall.
His daughter said: ‘She went into a blind rage, screaming, and threw a handbag at him. She did it purposely to hurt him and then stormed off. We didn’t see her for a few hours.’
Towards the end of the holiday, Ms Kukucova also destroyed her boyfriend’s laptop in a temper. Rachel said: ‘She stamped all over it. Then she put it underneath a tap and put it back in the case.
‘When we got back to England, Andy realised but he tried to ignore it. He thought he could change her.
‘Mayka cannot control her anger. She was like a little child.’
Ellie said Ms Kukucova became abusive towards her father while they were on holiday in Dubai. When he refused to buy some items in a shopping mall, Ellie said: ‘She went into a blind rage, screaming and threw a handbag at him’
Ms Kukucova lay in wait for Mr Bush to return to his villa before allegedly shooting him and fleeing in his £60,000 Hummer. She then handed herself into police in Slovakia, more than 2,000 miles away. She is pictured being escorted by police from the Regional Court in Trencin, Slovakia
In September 2013 Ms Kukucova allegedly staged a robbery at the home she shared with Mr Bush. He arrived home to the house in Chepstow, Gwent, to find his girlfriend handcuffed and with a pillow over her head. A family friend said the stunt came after the pair rowed about Mr Bush going on a business trip to the Middle East
And these were no isolated examples of Ms Kukucova’s insatiable demand for attention, according to Rachel.
‘It was regular behaviour every time we were together.
‘I was in hospital once and she pretended that the taxi crashed on the way so that everyone was asking if she was OK when she got there. But there was no taxi crash. She has to be the main attraction.’
‘Mayka definitely wasn’t normal. How would you know someone was capable of something like this? It still doesn’t feel real’
- Ellie Bush
Mr Bush’s sister revealed Ms Kukucova’s jealousy of his relationship with his family even led her to remove photographs of them from his house. She recalled: ‘I said to Andy, “Where have the pictures gone?” She had taken them. She’s not stable.’
Mr Bush had lived with his daughter and Ms Kukucova for ‘a short time’ but his girlfriend ‘pushed them apart’ and Ellie moved out.
In September 2013, Mr Bush’s family were given a chilling glimpse into just how far Ms Kukucova was prepared to go to keep her man.
Mr Bush arrived at his large farmhouse in Chepstow, Gwent, to find his girlfriend handcuffed, with a pillow over her head.
She told him three or four armed men had overpowered her and robbed the house. Police were called, yet there was no appeal for witnesses, no description of the gang, and no Crimewatch reconstruction.
Ms Kukucova was arrested after giving herself up to police in her home town of Nova Bosaca in Slovakia. The town is 3,102km (1,928 miles) from the crime scene in Estepona, Spain
In October 2013 Mr Bush broke up with Ms Kukucova, soon replacing her with a younger model, Maria Korotaeva, a student he met in Bristol
Miss Korotaeva, who turns 21 today, was with Mr Bush when he returned home to be confronted by his ex
A family friend recalled: ‘She said
she had been tied up by armed robbers. The family suspected her from the
outset because it happened shortly after the pair had rowed when she
hid Andy’s passport to try to stop him going on a business trip to the
‘The robbery came at a time when their relationship was basically over.
She was psychotic. I said to her, “You’re mental, you need to be locked
‘She suddenly became
very clingy and would say, “Oh, Andy, I can’t sleep at night, I’m so
scared.” It was all very strange. She was the only person in the house
when it happened. It’s an ongoing investigation and we’re hoping to get
The following month, Mr Bush broke up with Ms Kukucova.
for them to get back together, she posted a series of bizarre YouTube
videos featuring screen-grabs of loving text messages they had exchanged
set to a soundtrack of music by Celine Dion.
But soon Ms Kukucova had been replaced in Mr Bush’s affections by an even younger model.
Maria Korotaeva, a student he met at a branch of Costa Coffee in Bristol, is only a year older than Ellie herself.
Mr Bush owned a string of jewellery shops in Bristol
Whatever misgivings Maria might have had about dating a man who is ten years older than her own mother were soon swept away by a surprise Valentine’s Day trip to Paris, as well as other foreign jaunts.
Maria’s mother Elena Dmitrieva, 38, who lives in Tenerife, said she was very happy with her daughter’s new suitor, who she described as ‘a very nice and brilliant man’. He had even discussed marriage with Maria and bought a diamond engagement ring, claimed Mrs Dmitrieva.
Within a short time, Maria too had taken to the internet to boast of her devotion to Mr Bush on the social networking sites Instagram and Facebook. Ellie believes it was these messages that pushed Ms Kukucova over the edge and led her to hatch her plan to confront Mr Bush with his new girlfriend when the couple arrived at his villa for a break.
According to Maria, Mr Bush found Ms Kukucova lying in wait and she shot him twice before fleeing in his £60,000 Hummer.
Ms Kukucova handed herself in at a Slovakian police station three days later. But did she act alone?
Apparently police have ruled out any involvement by Ms Kukucova’s new boyfriend, Peter Kucharik, a muscle-bound 20-year-old security guard who reportedly took sudden leave from his job in Slovakia last week.
So how was Ms Kukucova able to get herself more than 2,000 miles across Europe alone following the killing when she had left her passport, cash and credit cards at Mr Bush’s villa?
Rachel said: ‘We were shocked when we heard how far she got. We’re not sure how she did that on her own.’
Three weeks ago Ms Kukucova reportedly told friends in the Slovakian capital Bratislava that she had dumped Mr Bush.
A 24-year-old friend told The Sun: ‘She didn’t enjoy her relationship with Andy any more. I was just about parties and dinners. She wanted to end it and move on.’
She claims she shot Mr Bush in self-defence. According to some reports, she told police that she was pregnant with Mr Bush’s child – a claim that his family vehemently deny.
In a blind panic following Ms Kukucova’s escape, Maria called Mr Bush’s sister. Rachel said: ‘I was surprised at how late she was calling me and she was very distraught, saying they had turned up at the villa, walked in and Kukucova was there. Andy was obviously shocked and he told Maria to go and wait in the car.
‘She said there was lots of banging and arguing but she hadn’t heard Andy’s voice.
she said Kukucova ran out and told her, in a few choice words, to get
out of the car. She was on the phone saying to me, “I can’t get in the
house”, so I told her to smash one of the windows.
had called the police and said she had to go because she was talking to
them. She didn’t know the address because she had only been there once
before. This was going on for so long, about two hours.
‘She then told me that Andy had been shot dead.’
Ellie (right) lays flowers at her father’s villa, with her mother Samantha Mason (centre) and aunt Rachel Bush (right)
Ironically, police and paramedics were hampered as they fought to get past the high-tech security system Mr Bush had installed to protect himself. Ms Kukucova’s extradition from Slovakia to Spain is expected soon, and only then might the full truth of Mr Bush’s life and death be revealed.
Rachel and Ellie dismiss claims by Ms Kukucova that she is pregnant and had come to the villa to confront Mr Bush about child-support arrangements.
Ellie added: ‘Mayka definitely wasn’t normal. How would you know someone was capable of something like this? It still doesn’t feel real.’
Mr Bush’s family are now planning to fly his body home for a funeral. Rachel said: ‘Andy’s saying was “I told you I was unbelievable” – he lived up to that every single minute of every single day.
‘His funeral is going to be an elaborate party. It’s going to be exactly what Andy would want.’