Despised girlfriend faces life in prison for allegedly pushing her boyfriend off 5-star hotel balcony courtroom

Despised girlfriend faces life in prison for allegedly pushing her boyfriend off 5-star hotel balcony courtroom

A British woman faces life imprisonment for allegedly pushing her boyfriend, who is ten years her junior, off the balcony of a five-star hotel last March. Mary Meyers Kayley, 31, is on trial for the murder of Pegram Reece, 22, after prosecutors said she found out he cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend, a Turkish court heard on Friday.

The pair had been drinking so much at the luxury hotel in Antalya, Turkey, Kayley had to be helped to the couple’s fifth-floor suite, the court heard. According to the public prosecutor’s office, a fight broke out some time later. Earlier in the day they had played backgammon and visited a tattoo parlour, where she allegedly boasted that her boyfriend was “one of the main drug dealers in England”. Apparently, when she was told that drugs were banned in Turkey, she became uneasy.

Investigators found the young man’s lifeless body on the sidewalk below, and Kayley accused him of jumping up in desperation after telling him she wanted to break up. She also said that the blood found on the carpet was from a cut on her thumb, but it was later identified as Reece’s.

The court also heard that an autopsy found copious amounts of cocaine in Reece’s body. Kayley was not tested the day Reece died. “It was assumed that the victim fell vertically from the balcony at a height of about 30 meters, then collapsed on his face and hit the concrete with the force of the fall,” the autopsy said.

Earlier in the evening, Reece tried to buy more alcohol in the hotel’s lobby, but the staff refused to serve him because of his drunken state, according to hotel employees.

When police found Reece’s body, they found Kayley half-naked in the couple’s room with a broken drinking glass on the floor. She tried to clean the blood, prosecutors say.

She told them her boyfriend was talking about committing suicide and jumped. “He was arguing with the hotel staff because he was drunk and I told him to calm down. However, he didn’t listen to me. He pushed me to the ground,” she said. “I was angry too, I put all his things in the suitcase and wanted to throw them from the balcony of the room. But just as I was doing that, the trunk opened and some of the clothes fell onto the balcony.”

A short time later, she said she had showered and that he “laughed evilly” on the balcony when he “said he wanted to commit suicide”. She told the court through an interpreter that she loved him and had not killed him. “I do not accept the accusation against me.”

A court will decide their fate in the coming days.

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