A British woman accused of throwing her boyfriend 100 feet to his death from a hotel balcony in Turkey has been released on bail.
Mary Meyers Kayley, 31, denies killing her boyfriend Reece Pegram, 22, in Antalya on March 12, 2021, in a jealous rage following a drunken argument.
The British couple were on vacation at a five-star hotel in Side, near Manavgat, when Reece fell onto a concrete yard in the early hours of the morning.
After pointing out flaws in the prosecution’s case, defense attorneys were able to secure her conditional release.
Kayley has been in Turkish jail ever since her boyfriend’s death with prosecutors demanding a life sentence, but she says she should be released because of her ‘psychological problems’.
Her attorneys also pointed out that she did not flee the scene, Pegram had cocaine and alcohol in his body at the time, and there is a lack of evidence to prove whether the victim was pushed or simply fell.
Kayley was arrested for ‘deliberate killing’ after authorities said the couple had been arguing in their hotel room shortly before his death.
Earlier this year, the court heard that when police investigated the death, they discovered bloodstains all over the couple’s room.
Kayley was said to be so drunk that hotel staff had to take her to her room, while court documents stated Pegram went to the hotel lobby around 8 p.m. for booze but was refused service because he was already inebriated.
Prosecutors testified at the trial that the couple rowed furiously in the moments before Pegram’s death.
An autopsy conducted on Reece’s body reportedly found cocaine in his system.
In its indictment of the suspect, the Manavgat Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office stated that the young couple got into a heated drunken argument.
They claimed Kayley threw his clothes off their hotel room balcony before allegedly throwing him off and killing him.
The defendant claimed the bloodstains in the room were caused by her accidentally cutting her thumb while getting into the shower, while the defendant insisted the bloodstains in the bed were caused by a sex session.
She initially admitted to fighting with Pegram after discovering he had cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend.
But she later changed her version of events, claiming 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.
Kayley, who testified at the second hearing in her case, reportedly said: ‘I am taking drugs. I think I have a psychological disorder.
‘I have a report from England; it is written that I have psychological problems. I demand that I be released.’
Her lawyer also argued that the autopsy report shows that Reece had alcohol, cocaine and antidepressants in his blood and that the use of these three substances together can make people suicidal.
They also said: ‘It is not possible for my client to lift the deceased person, who is so much heavier than herself, and throw him over the balcony railing.’
Stating that there was no report from the Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institute on whether the incident had been caused by a throw or a fall, the lawyer requested the release of the woman.
The court ruled that Kayley should be released under judicial control, under the condition that she does not leave the Manavgat district.
The hearing was adjourned while the prosecution attempts to correct the deficiencies in the case.
In an earlier hearing, Hayley told prosecutors that Pegram was a drug kingpin back in Britain in an apparent attempt to discredit him.
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.’
In an unusual legal maneuver, she attempted to have judges throw out her original police statement on the grounds that her official interpreter couldn’t understand her Scottish accent.
However, the court dismissed the claim, pointing out that she used the same interpreter at the hearing.
Following the post-mortem, Pegram’s body was flown back to Newcastle and cremated at a funeral service with family on May 9.