Tenerife murder trial

The family of a woman from Norfolk savagely attacked in Tenerife have come face to face with her alleged killer.

60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley had retired to the holiday island when she was the victim of a gruesome crime.

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Drug addict guilty of beheading woman

A Bulgarian drug addict who beheaded a British grandmother, originally from Norfolk, in a frenzied knife attack on the holiday island of Tenerife has been found guilty of murder.

Homeless Deyan Deyanov, 29, was convicted by a jury of nine at the Provincial Court in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

He repeatedly stabbed and then beheaded Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, who had been shopping in the popular resort of Los Cristianos on May 13, 2011.

Beheading case jury retires

Jennifer Mills-Westley
Jennifer Mills-Westley Credit: Press Association

The jury in the trial of a man accused of decapitating a grandmother from Norfolk on the holiday island of Tenerife has retired to consider its verdict.

Bulgarian man Deyan Deyanov is standing trial at the Provincial Court in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Deyanov, 29, denies murdering Jennifer Mills-Westley in the popular resort of Los Cristianos in the Canary Islands in May 2011.

The 60-year-old, a retired council worker originally from Norwich, was repeatedly stabbed and then beheaded while she was in a Chinese-owned general store near the beach.

Prosecutor Angel Garcia Rodriguez is asking for Deyanov to be sentenced to 20 years in a psychiatric unit.

He has been diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia and claims voices have told him he is an "angel of Jesus Christ" sent to create a new Jerusalem.

Tenerife murder trial - day two

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Jennifer Mills-Westley Credit: PA

A British couple has described the moment they saw a man "who did not look human" decapitate a Norfolk grandmother in front of them in Tenerife.

Kenneth and Susan Bennison were giving evidence in the trial of Deyan Deyanov at the Provincial Court in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Deyanov, 29, denies murdering grandmother of five Jennifer Mills-Westley in the popular resort of Los Cristianos in the Canary Islands, Spain, on May 13, 2011.

The 60-year-old, originally from Norwich, Norfolk, was repeatedly stabbed while she was in a Chinese-owned general store near the beach.

Mr and Mrs Bennison, from Warrington, both broke down in tears when they described how they witnessed the attack from just yards away.

Speaking via videolink from the UK, Mrs Bennison told the court she became aware of what was happening when she heard a "very strange noise".

She looked to her right and saw a man kneeling on the ground, repeatedly stabbing a lady she had previously passed in the aisle.

Asked by defence lawyer Francisco Beltran if she could see the man's face, Mrs Bennison answered "yes". "He looked unclean, wild and he did not look human," she said.

Tenerife murder trial begins

The family of a woman from Norfolk savagely attacked in Tenerife, today came face to face with her alleged killer.

60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley had retired to the holiday island when she was the victim of a gruesome crime.

Today (Monday) her two daughters watched in horror as close circuit television footage of the attack was shown in court.

The man accused of murdering her told the jury he'd been haunted by voices - and sometimes they told him to kill.

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