A British tourist who was accused of throwing her boyfriend 100ft to his death from a hotel balcony in Turkey has been acquitted of murder.
Kayley Myers, 32, was freed from prison after fighting for 16 months to clear her name.
She’s now back in the UK and has insisted: “I didn’t kill him.”
She was arrested by Turkish police in March 2022 after 22-year-old Reece Pegram was found dead in Antalya.
Kayley was accused of throwing Reece from the third-floor hotel balcony on their first full day in the resort, during a drunken argument.
The ex-sales rep was facing a 25-year prison sentence for murder, as she fought Turkey’s “guilty until proven innocent” justice system.
Kayley branded the scenario “a living nightmare” and is now living at a secret location, as she battles to convince the British public she’s innocent.
She told The Sun: ““When the judge said I’d been acquitted and could fly home I broke down in tears and mouthed, ‘Thank you’.
“This has been hanging over me for the last 16 months. I’ve been through hell and it’s not over yet.
“I just want people to know the truth. I’ve been described as a violent and vicious person and I’m neither of those things.
“All I’m guilty of is having an argument with my boyfriend on holiday.
“I didn’t kill him. I didn’t throw him off the balcony. I’m not a horrendous murderer. I just couldn’t do that to someone.
“No one knows what happened – only Reece. But the evidence pointed towards what it was — an horrific accident.
“I’d swap places with him in a heartbeat if I could. He had so much to live for.
“I miss him every day. He was my best friend.
“I can’t imagine the pain his family is going through and I don’t want to add to that — but I need people to know that I didn’t do it.”
The Newcastle resident said it would have been physically impossible for her to throw Reece over the balcony, given he was 11st and she was 10st.
The autopsy revealed he had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his blood and fell feet first, which is consistent with being pushed.
At a hearing last month, a judge concluded: “There is no definite and convincing evidence that is sufficient to punish her for the crime, free from any doubt.
“The accused is acquitted of the wrongful offence.”
Kayley is now fighting to convince people in the UK she didn’t commit the heinous crime.
She claimed that she’d lost her friends and family as well as her job over the ordeal.
The former hairdresser added that she can’t find work because an internet search of her name reveals the details of her case, and as a result employers don’t want to be associated with her.
She said she is living in constant fear of reprisals from people.