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  • 9 April 2014, 1:28

Costa Murder: Briton's Ex-Girlfriend Arrested

The former girlfriend of a British businessman murdered on the Costa del Sol has been arrested, Spanish officials say.

Andrew Bush, originally from Bristol, was found lying in a pool of blood with two gunshot wounds to his head at around3am on Saturday.

Police had been searching for Slovak nationalMayka Marica Kukucova since the 48-year-old was found dead at his home in Andalucia.

Police said she had been detained in Slovakia.

"I can confirm that Mayka Marica Kukucova, born in 1990, was arrested early this afternoon in Slovakia after Spanish authorities requested a European arrest warrant," a Spanish national police spokeswoman said.

"She is the ex-partner of Andrew Bush and has been arrested on suspicion of a consumed intentional homicide.

"Arrangements for her extradition to Spain are still to be finalised."

It is thought the swimwear model handed herself in at a police station in her home town of Nova Bosaca

Emergency services broke into Mr Bush's five-bedroom beachside villa in Esteponaafter receiving a call from the company director'scurrent girlfriend, a 20-year-old Russian student.

The pair had just returned from a trip abroad when Mr Bush was attacked.

Maria Korotaeva, a business and human resources undergraduate at the University of the West of England in Bristol, said she had cowered in a car outside as Mr Bush was killed.

"Obviously I am glad I am not dead but I feel like a train has been running up and down my body ripping me to bits," she told the Bristol Post.

"There's no way of putting into words how you feel when somebody you love is killed. I feel dreadful right now. We had so many plans for the future and now there's nothing."

The victim's ex-wife, former HTV news reader and BBC Radio Bristol presenter Sam Mason wrote on Facebook after the arrest: "They've got her."

Ms Mason flew out to the Costa del Sol with the pair's 19-year-old daughter, Ellie Mason-Bush, on Sunday.

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