No conspiracy in hit-and-run killing of Briton in Kyiv, judge rules

There was no conspiracy to kill a British businessman who died in a hit-and-run incident in Ukraine while celebrating his first wedding anniversary, a judge has concluded.

Barry Pring, an IT consultant, sustained fatal injuries when he was hit by a car while waiting for a taxi on a carriageway outside a restaurant in Kyiv on 16 February 2008.

He had been out for dinner with his wife, Ganna Ziuzina, now known as Julianna Moore, when the couple tried to flag down a passing car after being told a taxi would not arrive for up to 40 minutes.

As Moore returned to the restaurant to collect a glove she had left there, a car with false number plates “travelling at high speeds” hit Pring on the unlit hard shoulder, causing fatal injuries, said Judge Paul Matthews, sitting as a coroner.

Pring, 47, originally from Devon, met Moore on an internet dating website and they married in Ukraine in January 2007. The inquest heard how Pring’s mother, Irene, and brother Shaughan began suspecting foul play following the death and later accused Moore of organising for him to be murdered.

An inquest in Devon in January 2017 concluded Pring was unlawfully killed, but this was later quashed by the high court.

Recording a narrative verdict following the fresh five-day inquest at Bristol civil justice centre, the judge said: “There is not a single piece of direct evidence to show that there was any such conspiracy, or that if there was, Julianna Moore was involved.

“Instead, the Pring family put forward a number of allegations based on circumstantial evidence which they say, when taken together, collectively suggest that Julianna Moore was criminally involved in organising the death of her husband, Barry Pring, and was indeed guilty of his murder.”

Pring owned three properties in the London area and a flat in Kyiv, but the judge described him as “not that wealthy” as these were mortgaged, which Moore knew.

Giving evidence to the inquest, Moore said her life would have been “much more comfortable financially” if Pring was alive and denied any involvement in his death.

The judge said: “If this was a murder, it was a curious, risky and inept way to carry it out.” He added: “I am not persuaded that there ever was a conspiracy to murder Barry Pring, much less that Julianna Moore was part of it.”

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