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Fiancée of British millionaire shot dead by his model ex claims business rival ordered his killing

The fiancee of a British millionaire who was shot dead by his model ex-girlfriend has claimed a business rival ordered his killing and fears she may be next. 

Maria Korotaeva, 27, said her husband-to-be Andrew Bush, who was dubbed 'Mr Bling of Marbella', had received death threats in the weeks before his murder and a jewellery competitor could have ordered the hit.

Mr Bush, 48, was shot once in the arm and twice in the head by Slovakian swimwear model Mayka Kukucova at his Spanish villa in April 2014. 

Now Russian-born Ms Korotaeva has claimed in a new tell-all book that she believes Kukucova was actually instructed to carry out the killing over Mr Bush's plans to established a jewellery business in London.

Slovakian swimwear model Mayka Kukucova (pictured) shot Andrew Bush to death

Maria Korotaeva said her husband-to-be Andrew Bush, who was dubbed 'Mr Bling of Marbella', had received death threats in the weeks before his murder

Mr Bush was shot once in the arm and twice in the head by Kukucova at his villa in 2014

The Bristol businessman had jetted out to Malaga with a new lover - who found his ex-girlfriend Kukucova, then 26, waiting in his bed armed with a .38 revolver

According to the Sunday Mirror, Ms Korotaeva says: 'A couple of weeks before his murder, Andy was in Germany at a jewellers conference.

'He came back really upset, saying that someone - a rival entrepreneur, I think - was threatening him because of his plans.

'We think Mayka was told if she did the murder she would get three or four years.'  

At Kukucova's trial in 2016, the court heard how the bikini model had become 'obsessed' with Mr Bush after their split in November 2013.

Andrew Bush, dubbed 'Mr Bling of Marbella', with girlfriend Maria Korotaeva

At Kukucova's trial in 2016, the court heard how the bikini model had become 'obsessed' with Mr Bush after their split in November 2013

On the night of the murder, Mr Bush asked Ms Korotaeva to marry him

The 26-year-old had begun stalking him and, from April 2, 2014 - three days prior to his death - had been in his house in Malaga without his consent. 

On the night of the murder, Ms Korotaeva and Mr Bush had been out for dinner when the businessman asked his lover to marry him. 

The Bristol businessman had jetted out to Malaga with a new lover - who found his ex-girlfriend Kukucova, then 26, waiting in his bed armed with a .38 revolver.

Kukucova escaped to her home country 2,000 miles away but later handed herself in to authorities before being extradited to Spain. She was jailed for 15 years in 2016 but had her sentence reduced in 2017 to 13 years. 

After the Slovakian national refused to leave, Mr Bush told Ms Korotaeva, then 20, to go to the car and phone the police. Ms Korotaeva then heard three gunshots and later found her partner lying in a pool of blood. 

Maria Korotaeva, the girlfriend of murdered Bristol businessman Andrew Bush

Swimwear model Kukucova appearing in court in Malaga, Spain, May 24, 2016

The ordeal left Ms Korotaeva with depression for 18 months and she fears 'dangerous' Kukucova will come after her when she is released. 

'It's already been seven years,' she said. 'There's not very long left until she comes out. I'm worried that she may come and find me. What stops her? Nothing. 

'You can find me easily because of my social media.'

After a brief stint in Tenerife and a short time living in the UK, Ms Korotaeva now lives in Russia where she wrote her story during lockdown. 

Just days after Mr Bush's death, Ms Korotaeva said: 'There's no way of putting into words how you feel when somebody you love is killed right there in front of you.

'We had so many plans for the future and now there's nothing.'

Ms Korotaeva, who later got married but divorce two years later, described her late partner as 'the love of my life'.

The couple had plans to move to London together after she had finished her degree at University of West England in Bristol.

Mr Bush also left behind an ex-wife, Samantha, and daughter, Ellie Mason Bush.          

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