The Ukrainian ex-lap dancer wife of a millionaire Briton killed while trying to hail a cab during their first wedding anniversary celebrations has denied organising his murder and instead claimed she would have been financially better off with him alive.
Ganna Ziuzina, now called Julianna Moore, had been blamed by Barry Pring’s family after the wealthy 47-year-old IT consultant died in a Kiev hit and run on February 16, 2008.
The death was initially treated as a road accident but re-classified as a murder investigation after the family first raised concerns in 2011.
An inquest ruled in January 2017 that he had been unlawfully killed after being tricked into standing on the wrong side of the road – but Miss Moore had that inquest verdict quashed in March 2017, sparking the second inquest in Bristol which started on Monday.
Ms Moore, now 42, told the inquest: ‘My life would be much better with Barry than without him. I don’t know why anyone would suggest I would like to kill him to get some money.
‘My life and financial means would be much more comfortable having Barry than not. If I wanted money, would it not just be easier to divorce and get 50 per cent of assets? It does not make sense.’
Ms Moore, who had previously been dubbed the ‘Black Widow’, said media reports that her husband, from Cullompton, Devon, was a millionaire did not take into account his mortgages.
She said: ‘I knew about the large mortgages he had. Whatever media was blowing that there was millions or whatever or inheritance, it’s not true.’
She also denied accusations she had ‘hypnotised’ Mr Pring or that he was ‘besotted’ with her and said she found the allegations ‘hurtful’.
‘Barry was a grown-up man,’ she said. ‘He was very strong willed. He had his own ideas about life. He wasn’t a man that could easily fall under the spell. He was a very strong willed person.’
It comes after Barry’s family told the inquest that Ms Moore had been ‘stone cold’ when she delivered the heartbreaking news about his death before branding her ‘callous with no emotions’.
Barry Pring, who met his wife on a dating website, had been attempting to flag down a taxi to return home when he was struck down by an unknown driver in Kiev in 2008. A second inquest will try to find the cause of death after an unlawful killing was quashed by his wife Ganna Ziuzina in 2017 (pictured together on their wedding day in 2007)
Ms Moore had left Barry by the roadside to return to a restaurant to pick up a glove she had left behind.
Barry was then run over by a VW Jetta on the hard shoulder of a four-lane motorway after the meal with his wife to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.
When she returned to the scene Barry was deada and the car, which had earlier been stolen, never stopped. The driver has never been traced.
The couple met online after the ex-lap dancer posted and advert and they married in 2007.
Mr Pring’s mother Irene told the inquest in Bristol yesterday that her daughter in law was ‘very cold’ and learned of her son’s death from her younger son Shaughan, who had been contacted by phone from the Ukraine by Ms Moore.
She then became suspicious about the incident and hired an private investigator, adding when they were together: ‘She was not loving or caring towards him at all’.
Shaughan Pring said: ‘It was just a gut feeling that something did not fit comfortably. It was the way I was informed of the death, it was cold, callous with no emotions. It was stone cold’.
Ganna, who has since changed her name to Julianna Moore, had left Barry by the roadside to return to the restaurant to pick up a glove she had left behind.
Ganna Ziuzina, who has changed her name to Julianna Moore, pictured posing in a corset and with what appears to be a pistol, always denied any involvement with her late husband’s death
The couple had only been married a year (pictured together in 2007) when Barry was killed in a hit and run
The family began to have suspicions about Mr Pring’s death almost as soon as they were told. ‘We became suspicious about what happened the night Barry died and we hired a private investigator and solicitor in the Ukraine to find out what happened,’ Mrs Pring said at the inquest.
‘It would appear the initial accident was not investigated as thoroughly as it should be and the police did not appear to be suspicious about the circumstances of what happened.
‘Our investigation told us the car that was in collision with Barry was on false plates and had been stolen from a car park near to the apartment which was rented for Anna by Barry before they got married.’
The couple met online after the Ukrainian placed an online advert.
‘I did not know then how they had met but I assumed he must have met her on his travels,’ Mrs Pring said.
‘Barry told us Anna’s parents were poor and she was embarrassed to take Barry home to meet them.
‘Her English was perfect, and Barry relied on her totally when he was in the Ukraine as he could not speak the language.
‘I now know that Barry had started renting a flat for Anna. What he did not tell us was that he had met Anna on the internet after she had placed an advert.’
Mrs Pring said she and her late husband Basil had learned of her son’s intention to marry Ms Moore just a few days before the ceremony in Ukraine in January 2007.
She described meeting Ms Moore for the first time in the summer of 2007 during a visit to Devon.
‘I was quite surprised to see how cold she was towards Barry. You would have thought they had been married for years and not newlyweds. She was not loving or caring towards him at all,’ she said.
‘You would never have guessed they had been apart for months. There did not seem to be a spark between Anna or Barry and was very one-sided.’
The Prings initially suspected his brother had been murdered for his assets but the High Court hearing in 2019 brought by Miss Moore resulted in the family releasing a statement that she had not murdered him.
Irene and Shaughan Pring, the mother and brother of Barry Pring, who gave evidence at his second inquest after it opened on Monday. They are pictured together after the first inquest in 2017
Mrs Pring said when she saw the couple again at Christmas, Ms Moore was ‘very cold’ towards her son.
His family previously said they have fought for ‘justice’ for more than a decade after long suspecting foul play. But they formally withdrew the murder allegations after a High Court hearing in 2019.
The latest inquest opened on Monday in Bristol and heard from members of Barry’s family about the nature of his marriage.
Brother Shaughan Pring told the coroner he first had suspicions after receiving a phone call from Miss Moore informing him about his brother’s death.
He said: ‘My initial concern was for Miss Moore but afterwards I was sat at my desk shaking my head dealing with shock at what I had just heard.
Ganna Ziuzina – now known as Julianne Moore – denies being behind the hit-and-run killing of her British businessman husband
‘It was just a gut feeling that something did not fit comfortably. It was the way I was informed of the death, it was cold, callous with no emotions. It was stone cold.
‘Thinking about Barry, he was extremely careful and travelled extensively. He was not a big drinker and over the dozens of times I had been out I had never seen him not in control of himself.
‘I had a gut feeling that things weren’t right. I spoke to a friend and lawyer Peter Clifford who said it was possible that my brother had been murdered for his assets.’
The coroner heard that Shaughan had changed the locks to his brother’s London flat to protect his assets after hearing of his death and the family hired a private investigator to examine the circumstances.
Shaughan also recovered his brother’s laptop and briefcase from the flat to ‘pour over emails’ between the couple.
He said that the family had all met Miss Moore when she come over the previous Christmas and she seemed ‘nice and polite.’
He added: ‘We were aware he was going to visit Miss Moore in February for their wedding anniversary and I believe a birthday, it was going to be a double celebration.
‘He said it would be a short trip but didn’t specify how long for. I first heard when Miss Moore called me on February 17 and she told me, ‘I’ve got some bad news, you better prepare yourself.’ My first thought was that Barry had done something stupid.
‘She went on to explain they were waiting for a taxi when he was hit and killed. She did say they had gone to a restaurant but did not say where and said they were a little drunk.
‘My initial concern was for Miss Moore and I was in total shock and screamed at the top of my voice.
‘In the first call she said she stood right next to Barry and I just visualised him stepping off the pavement in the city and something hit him.
‘In the second conversation she said she had forgotten her glove and walked back to the restaurant to collect her gloves and then heard a loud thud or bang.’
Shaughan initially suspected his brother had been murdered for his assets but the High Court hearing in 2019 brought by Miss Moore resulted in the family releasing a statement that she had not murdered him.
The inquest heard those findings were not relevant to the latest inquest, which would fully examine the circumstances around Barry’s death.
Barry, who is understood owned three properties in London and a flat in Kiev was worth around £1.5m.
The inquest, which is scheduled to last five days, continues.
Ms Moore has always denied any involvement in her husband’s death.
At a 2017 inquest in Exeter she was accused by his family of being behind the hit and run.
She took legal action and a verdict that her husband was unlawfully killed was quashed at the High Court.
Eight weeks after the inquest verdict, Moore claimed costs and received £40,000 from the coroner’s office.
Her husband’s family were also ordered to pay her £25,000 .
The Pring family then brought a High Court action in a bid to prove she played a part in the businessman’s death and stop her inheriting his fortune.
However they eventually withdrew their claims in 2019 and were believed to have reached a settlement with Moore.
Had they been able to prove she was involved in his death they planned to use a ‘forfeiture rule’ that stops killers from getting victims’ cash. Pring died without leaving a will.