A British tourist shoved her lover to his death from their hotel balcony following a heated argument, according to testimony presented in court in Turkey.
Reece Pegram, a 21-year-old father of one, perished instantaneously on March 12 after falling 100 feet into a concrete yard from a five-star hotel in Side, Antalya, where he was living with Mary Meyers Kayley, claims Mail Online.
When the police investigated the death, they discovered bloodstains all over the couple’s room, the Manavgat court heard earlier this week.
The couple had been drinking heavily for hours prior to the incident, according to hotel workers.
Scottish-born Kayley, 31, was said to be so drunk she had to be taken to her room by hotel staff, while court reports stated Pegram went to the hotel lobby around 8pm for booze but was refused service as he was already inebriated.
Traces of cocaine were also reportedly found in Pegram’s body during the post-mortem examination.
Prosecutors told the trial that the couple had rowed furiously in the moments leading up to Pegram’s death. But Kayley, who is facing 24 years behind bars for murder denied killing her boyfriend when questioned by police in the wake of the incident.
She claimed bloodstains in the room were from accidentally cutting her thumb while getting into the shower, while insisting bloodstains in the bed were from a sex session.
She had initially admitted to having an argument with Pegram after finding out he had cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend. But later changed her claims, saying the cut on her hand was caused by a broken glass and that they had argued about drug use instead.
Kayley told the court how she went to the bathroom following the blazing row, but when she reemerged, her boyfriend was no longer there. She said she then went to bed, with police arriving on the scene while she was asleep.
Hayley told prosecutors that Pegram was a drug kingpin back in Britain in an apparent attempt to discredit him.
Explaining that they went to get tattoos and play backgammon at the tattoo parlour, Kayley told the court: ‘Reece is one of the important drug dealers in England. He asked if there was any place to buy drugs here.’
She also claimed that, on the day before his death, he had threatened to throw himself off the balcony but she had managed to talk him out of it.
‘[Reece] wanted to commit suicide because he had psychological problems. I was in the shower at this time, I accidentally cut only my right thumb when I got into the shower,’ Kayley said in a statement.
‘When I got out of the shower, I saw the person laughing evilly to himself on the balcony and said he wanted to commit suicide, I blocked him. Meanwhile, the blood on my right thumb spattered the floor and walls of the room.’
It was also gathered that she tried to get judges to throw out her original police statement on the grounds that her official interpreter had been unable to understand her Scottish accent.
But the court rejected the claim, pointing out that she was using the same interpreter at the hearing, and ordered her to undergo a mental health assessment.
Prosecutors believe Kayley killed her boyfriend out of jealousy and are requesting a life sentence.
In Turkey, the minimum non-parole term for a life prisoner is 24 years.
It is unclear when the second hearing will take place.