Ukrainian ‘Black Widow’ asks High Court to rule she played no part in hit-and-run death of her British millionaire husband as she fights for share of his £2m estate
- Ukranian Ganna Zuizina, 38, has asked for a ‘murder determination’ in court
- It came as she continues to fight her husband Barry Pring’s family for his estate
- Mr Pring, 47, died in Kiev in 2008 after being mown down at the side of the road
- His brother Shaughan says it’s ‘bloody obvious’ she was involved in his death
- Ms Zuizina, a former stripper who is now with a property developer, denies all involvement
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The ‘Black Widow’ has asked the High Court to rule that she played no part in the death of her British husband Barry Pring (pictured together)
The internet bride dubbed the ‘Black Widow’ has asked the High Court to rule that she played no part in the hit-and-run death of her British millionaire husband.
Ukrainian Ganna Ziuzina, 38, has asked for a ‘murder determination’ from judges as she fights to unlock the £2m estate of Barry Pring.
Mr Pring, 47, from Battersea, south-west London, died in Kiev in 2008 when he was struck on the edge of a motorway after their first wedding anniversary dinner.
An inquest in January ruled he had been unlawfully killed after being ‘tricked’ into waiting by the roadside. That ruling has now been quashed, after an appeal from Ms Zuizina.
Since his death, Mr Pring’s family have insisted that Ms Ziuzina, a former stripper, should not benefit from his estate.
His brother Shaughan claims it is ‘bloody obvious’ that Ms Ziuzina murdered the IT consultant as part of a pre-arranged conspiracy.
Today, at a hearing in London, Ms Ziuzina’s counsel John McLinden QC said the widow was desperate to fight the ‘unfounded allegation’.
The row over Mr Pring’s estate is now in its tenth year.
He said: ‘There’s no real end in sight and this has gone on far too long. It’s high time this court dealt with the murder determination.’
He added that his client had ‘suffered’ from her husband’s ‘untimely death’.
‘He was a sophisticated, entrepreneurial, highly intelligent, lovely, popular man who married my client when he was mature, 46,’ he said.
‘They were in love and she brought a pizzazz and a different dimension to his life.
‘Ultimately, the reason this matter is in court is that Mr Pring’s family is implacably of the view that she murdered the deceased.
‘Unhappily that has been a view formed from the very minute when his brother was telephoned by her to tell him of the deceased’s death.’
Mr McLinden said she arrived back in London after her husband’s death where she was ‘monstered by the family, the media, prominent politicians including the Foreign Secretary and an inquest that was quashed because of the unlawful way it was conducted’.
Ukrainian Ganna Ziuzina (pictured), 38, has asked for a ‘murder determination’ from judges as she fights to unlock the £2m estate of Barry Pring
Mr Pring is said to have been besotted with Miss Ziuzina despite his friends’ fears that she was a ‘gold-digger’. They are pictured together above
In March, Miss Ziuzina, succeeded in quashing the findings of the Exeter inquest after arguing the case had been mishandled.
She complained that she was not given an opportunity to testify, that a key witness was allowed to give ‘hearsay evidence’ and that ‘new evidence’ relating to her husband’s murder should be considered. A judge is now set to oversee a second inquest.
Mr McLinden added: ‘She wants me to say publicly that the family are completely wrong in their belief and sight has been lost that she too has been gravely affected by this tragedy.
Mr McLinden said he was asking on her behalf that ‘all this ends’ and the issue of whether she murdered Mr Pring was dealt with by the court as soon as possible.
He told Deputy Master Lloyd that it was the only legal forum where she could answer ‘this unfounded allegation’.
Ms Ziuzina (left), who now lives in Marbella, was not in court. She has since started a new relationship with London property developer Ivan Lister (right), who attended the hearing
Counsel said the matter should not be postponed until after a fresh inquest which could take place late next year.
He added: ‘If the murder determination is heard in this court, the family get the best shot.
‘They don’t have to prove the allegation to a criminal standard. The court will consider it on the balance of probabilities. The only drawback is that the court cannot send my client to jail.’
Ms Ziuzina, who now lives in Marbella, was not in court.
She has since started a new relationship with London property developer Ivan Lister, who attended the hearing.
Mr Pring is said to have been besotted with Miss Ziuzina despite his friends’ fears that she was a ‘gold-digger’.
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