‘Jealous’ Brit shoved boyfriend to death from 100ft hotel balcony after finding out he had cheated on her’
A DRUNK British holidaymaker shoved her boyfriend to death from their 100ft hotel balcony in a jealous rage, a court has heard.
Victim Pegram Reece, 22, died instantly when he fell on a concrete courtyard at the five-star Turkish hotel where he was staying with Mary Meyers Kayley on March 12.
Kayley was arrested for “intentional homicide” and appeared in court in Manavgat, where she faces a life sentence.
Investigators believe Kayley pushed Reece to death after a drunken argument in their bloodstained hotel room in Side, Antalya, the court heard on Tuesday.
Examiners found blood on the sheets of the double bed, a pillow, on the walls and in front of the balcony door.
Hotel staff said they saw the couple drinking heavily in the hours leading up to Reece’s death.
Reece was refused an alcoholic drink around 8 p.m. because he was intoxicated, hotel staff said.
Staff had to bring Kayley, 31, back to the room at 10 p.m. because she was so drunk, they said. She claimed that Reece was not in the room at the time.
After Reece’s body was discovered, officers said they found broken drink glasses and other traces of blood, leading them to believe there had been an attempt to clear the room.
Officers found Kayley half-naked in the hotel room before taking her into custody, the court heard.
The young woman faces 24 years behind bars for intentional murder – the minimum period without parole for the charge.
The Scottish-born woman told police the bloodstains came from cutting her thumb in the shower, while the bloody sheets came from a sex session.
Kayley admitted to police that she had a falling out with her boyfriend after learning he cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend.
She also told police that less than 24 hours before his death, Reece threatened to jump over the balcony but she managed to talk him out of it.
The defendant denied any involvement in Reece’s death.
Kayley told the court they had an argument about the drug use in the room and the glass broke during that time.
She said: “I looked at the balcony because it was on the balcony but it wasn’t there. Later I went to bed but the bleeding from my hand didn’t stop. I went down to the lobby, forgot to put my shoes on because I was drunk at the time.
“I asked reception if they had seen Reece, the people there didn’t understand me and sent me back to my room. Then I slept, the police came.
She added: “I learned that Reece died 12 hours later. I do not accept the charge against me.”
But in court, the suspect changed her version of events, saying the cut on her hand was caused by broken glass and that they had an argument about drug use instead.
Traces of cocaine had been found in Reece’s body during the autopsy.
In a bizarre legal move, Kayley tried to have judges throw out her police statement saying her official interpreter had been unable to understand her Scottish accent.
But the court rejected the request, pointing out that she used the same interpreter during the hearing.
The court ordered the defendant to undergo a mental health assessment.
The hearing was adjourned in order to transfer Kayley to Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, where she will be evaluated.
It is not known when the second hearing will take place.