Devastated friend of ‘kind-hearted’ Czech singer shot dead by her Brit oil tycoon husband in Turkish murder-suicide claims he may have flown into a rage over new business link she was forming

A close friend and lawyer for the Czech celebrity shot dead by her British oil tycoon husband before he turned the gun on himself has described her as a ‘beautiful’ mother who was devoted to her family.

Meltem Banko believes that Victoria Blyth, 40, was gunned down by her husband Thomas Blyth, 53, at their home in Turkey after he flew into a possible jealous rage over a new business relationship she was forming.

The lawyer who represented the couple said singer and comedian Ms Blyth was ‘very talented, very hard working and very kind-hearted’.

In a moving tribute, she said: ‘Losing Victoria left a wound in my life that will never heal. Believe me, she was my life. 

‘I had countless beautiful days with her.

Meltem Banko (left) believes that her friend Victoria Blyth, 40, was killed because her husband he flew into  a jealous rage over a new business relationship she was forming

Lawyer Meltem Banko, who represented the couple said singer and comedian Ms Blyth (left) was 'very talented, very hard working and very kind-hearted'

Lawyer Meltem Banko, who represented the couple said singer and comedian Ms Blyth (left) was ‘very talented, very hard working and very kind-hearted’

'A beautiful friend': Meltem Banko (left) paid tribute to Victoria Blyth, who was killed by her husband earlier this month at their home in Ankara, Turkey

‘A beautiful friend’: Meltem Banko (left) paid tribute to Victoria Blyth, who was killed by her husband earlier this month at their home in Ankara, Turkey

The suspected murder and suicide is said to have happened after the couple rowed about messages which Blyth had found on his wife's phone. Pictured: Meltem Banko (left) with Victoria Blyth

The suspected murder and suicide is said to have happened after the couple rowed about messages which Blyth had found on his wife’s phone. Pictured: Meltem Banko (left) with Victoria Blyth

Oil tycoon David Thomas Blyth (pictured, right) killed his wife and himself with a gun in their home in Turkey's capital, Ankara, earlier this month

Oil tycoon David Thomas Blyth (pictured, right) killed his wife and himself with a gun in their home in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, earlier this month

‘I want to keep her name alive. Victoria was an exemplary figure for humanity. She was very talented, very hard working and very kind-hearted. 

‘She was one of the most moral, most characterful and decent people I have met in my entire life.

‘She was a beautiful friend and a great mother who took care of her children, and loved her husband very much. 

‘She helped thousands of poor children in Turkey, especially during the earthquake that Turkey experienced.’

Ms Banko added: ‘All Victoria thought about was the future of her family, and the sports projects she wanted to do in Turkey. 

‘Everyone knew her for her hard work and positive energy.

‘She was a devoted person who never thought of divorce. She was loyal to her husband and family. 

‘Victoria would rise like the sun with her energy.

‘She was like my sister, and I always supported her. 

‘I loved her so very, very much and I will always love her until the end of my life. 

‘Victoria’s only life was the company she founded and her children.’

Ms Banko spoke out as pictures emerged of the luxury housing development where her friend lived in a £1million villa with her Scottish-born husband on the outskirts of Turkey’s capital Ankara.

Blyth who owned and ran the international firm ASG Inspection brutally shot his wife dead before blasting himself in the head in their villa while their children aged between four and 14 were in the house.

The suspected murder and suicide is said to have happened after the couple rowed about messages which Blyth had found on his wife’s phone.

An unidentified friend of Ms Blyth in her Czech Republic homeland claimed this week that the mother-of-three was about to leave her husband after he had a string of affairs.

The friend suggested that Blyth could have become enraged after finding and translating messages on her phone discussing her plans to leave him.

Pictures emerged of the luxury housing development where the Blyths lived in a £1million villa on the outskirts of Turkey's capital Ankara

Pictures emerged of the luxury housing development where the Blyths lived in a £1million villa on the outskirts of Turkey’s capital Ankara

The couple had one of the 18 modern villas in the exclusive Vera Incek development, where each of the homes have six en-suite bedrooms over three storeys, spacious interiors and floor to ceiling windows

The couple had one of the 18 modern villas in the exclusive Vera Incek development, where each of the homes have six en-suite bedrooms over three storeys, spacious interiors and floor to ceiling windows

Computer-generated images drawn up by architects give a taste of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by Ms Blyth and her husband of ten years

Computer-generated images drawn up by architects give a taste of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by Ms Blyth and her husband of ten years

The marketing literature describes Vera Incek as being close to private schools, universities, hospitals, markets, social areas and diplomatic institutions and being in 'a unique location with its peaceful and decent environment away from multi-storey buildings'

The marketing literature describes Vera Incek as being close to private schools, universities, hospitals, markets, social areas and diplomatic institutions and being in ‘a unique location with its peaceful and decent environment away from multi-storey buildings’

But Turkish lawyer Ms Banko said she did not believe she was going to walk out on her marriage.

Instead, she admitted that Mr Blyth had business problems which were getting worse by the day and that his gun rampage might have been triggered by seeing messages relating to his wife’s business affairs.

Ms Banko told MailOnline in an exclusive interview: ‘Yes, they may have had some business-related problems, but the problems were not so big that they could explain what happened.

‘But he may have seen some correspondence relating to a business relationship which she may have been having without his knowledge. 

‘I’m saying this for the first time because Thomas did not want her to work.

‘I saw them every day because I was handling all their important affairs. 

‘They loved each other very much, but she sometimes complained that he thought about things too negatively and had low energy.’

Ms Banko revealed that she had earlier met Mr Blyth for a business appointment on the day he killed his wife, and his demeanour did not suggest anything was wrong, although he asked her if she had power of attorney over his wife’s business affairs.

She said: ‘I answered ‘yes’. Then (he said): ‘I want you to close those companies’. This is how he answered me. I think he thought Victoria had more than one company. 

‘However Victoria only had one company and a foundation she founded.’

Ms Banko added: ‘When her husband was not working, he was at home. He would even take his daughter on business appointments. He was definitely a person who loved his family.’

‘They were very loyal to each other. They were just going through a difficult time. He had various problems with his business life and the situation he was in took him to a worse point day by day.’

Ms Banko denied that Mr Blyth had been cheating on his wife, saying: 'If she had been leaving him, I would have known about it.' Pictured: Meltem Banko with her friend Victoria Blyth

Ms Banko denied that Mr Blyth had been cheating on his wife, saying: ‘If she had been leaving him, I would have known about it.’ Pictured: Meltem Banko with her friend Victoria Blyth

Meltem Banko admitted that Mr Blyth had business problems which were getting worse by the day and that his gun rampage might have been triggered by seeing messages relating to his wife's business affairs

Meltem Banko admitted that Mr Blyth had business problems which were getting worse by the day and that his gun rampage might have been triggered by seeing messages relating to his wife’s business affairs

Ms Banko denied that Mr Blyth had been cheating on his wife, saying: ‘If she had been leaving him, I would have known about it.’

The couple had one of the 18 modern villas in the exclusive Vera Incek development, where each of the homes have six en-suite bedrooms over three storeys, spacious interiors and floor to ceiling windows.

The development, which is surrounded by high walls topped with barbed wire for privacy, is described as ‘modern and unique’ and ‘very special’ in marketing literature.

Computer-generated images drawn up by architects give a taste of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by Ms Blyth and her husband of ten years.

The pictures show how the family’s home had a state-of-the-art kitchen adjoining an 80 metre square salon with a dining area and plenty of room for comfy sofas as well as a games room with a big screen TV.

The house had a lift with accommodation stretching down to a basement, and balcony terraces on the first floor.

They also had a large area of outdoor decking, stretching the length of their villa, with space for relaxing and socialising and an area for outdoor dining beside a ‘magnificent’ garden.

The marketing literature describes Vera Incek as being close to private schools, universities, hospitals, markets, social areas and diplomatic institutions and being in ‘a unique location with its peaceful and decent environment away from multi-storey buildings’.

An online description adds: ‘Designed with an understanding integrated with contemporary aesthetic values, the unique architecture of Vera Incek Villas generously offers space and comfort, while also providing user privacy at a high level.

The literature says villas are ‘designed with high standards and environmental awareness’ and have a reduced carbon footprint due to external cladding, heat insulated glass, rainwater collection, purification and reuse systems, and infrastructure for solar panels.

It adds that ‘security is prioritized with single-point entry-exit and cameras’, giving residents ‘the privilege of being peaceful and safe at all times’.

Ms Blyth, who grew up in South Africa and moved to the Czech Republic when she was aged 15, became an established singer before presenting the Morning Show on Europe 2 alongside a leading Czech broadcaster.

After moving to live full time in Turkey with her husband around five-years-ago she devoted her time to charity work and bringing up her children.

It was claimed earlier this week that Blyth had allegedly become fed up with his ‘vivacious’ wife posting glamorous pictures of herself on Instagram, and had told her that it was unbecoming behaviour for the spouse of a senior executive.

Blyth was an oil tycoon, owning and running the international firm ASG Inspection, and had three children with his wife

Blyth was an oil tycoon, owning and running the international firm ASG Inspection, and had three children with his wife

Ms Blyth was a hugely popular figure in Czech showbiz circles

Ms Blyth was a hugely popular figure in Czech showbiz circles

Those who knew her in the Czech Republic have remembered her always having a smile on her face and calling them ¿Darling¿

Those who knew her in the Czech Republic have remembered her always having a smile on her face and calling them ‘Darling’

A Czech friend of Ms Blyth said: ‘Everyone was following her on Instagram, but a few months ago her profile suddenly disappeared. 

‘So I contacted Viky to find out what was going on.

‘She told me that the husband did not want the wife of an influential businessman to present herself in this way.

‘So, she complied and created a new profile, which she already had locked to the public, and stopped sharing her sexy photos.’

In an interview with Czech newspaper Blesk, the friend added: ‘From that moment on, we started writing a lot and it took a long time before she revealed to me that she was dealing with her husband’s constant infidelities. 

‘She herself said that she was jealous.’

Fighting back tears, the friend added that Ms Blyth has threatened her husband in the past that she would leave him if he did not stop his philandering.

She said: ‘Viky had southern blood and was vivacious. They led a so-called Italian marriage, in which there was no shortage of tense moments.

‘Viky even jokingly said that she loves drama and it is the spice of their relationship.’

Ms Blyth was reported to have been due to head to the Czech Republic to spend the summer with her Czech family.

The friend added: ‘Yes, she wrote to me. Unfortunately she also wrote to me that she would not be returning to Ankara afterwards and would stay here in the Czech Republic.

‘That she was leaving her husband, that she wanted a life without infidelity and stress for the children… Who could have guessed that this decision would cost her her life and make three children orphans?’

Ms Blyth remained hugely popular in Czech showbiz circles and those who knew her in the Czech Republic have remembered her always having a smile on her face and calling them ‘Darling’.

The friend added: ‘After what I’ve read, I’m convinced they started fighting over the texts Viky wrote to her friends. That he translated them and hurt her.’

The couple’s three children have been placed in the care of their mother’s family who travelled to Turkey following Ms Blyth’s suspected murder on June 11, according to local media.

Blyth and his wife married in 2014 and lived together in Prague for several years before moving to Turkey after his work took him to the Middle East.

Ms Blyth also dedicated much of her time to charity, working with the Czech organisation Velvet Smile, which helps ‘improve the quality of life for families of sick and disabled children, and victims of domestic abuse, according to its website.

She also founded DazSpor, the organisers of running races across Turkey, including a half-marathon in the country’s capital.

The charity said in a social media post: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of founder of DazSpor Mrs. Victoria Blyth.’

Her sister, Alexandra, wrote a tribute to her sister on Instagram, and revealed her family had only recently buried their father.

The post read: ‘It is with deep sadness and pain that I have to announce that my beloved and beautiful sister, the sunshine of our lives who brought us so much joy, with her laughter, positive spirit, drive and energy, has left us forever.

‘Please, I’m begging you all, give us time for the sake of the children.

‘My family is going through a very difficult time because they lost both parents. 

‘We recently buried our father and now our sister and brother-in-law and we need time to recover, but most of all we need to be here for the children.

‘We really appreciate your beautiful messages, but in these difficult times we need time to breathe.’

Just months before her husband brutally murdered her, the TV presenter said in her final interview that she had a lot of ideas for future projects.

But she added poignantly: ‘I don’t like to plan completely into the future, because you never know what can happen.’

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