Tenerife beheading: Man guilty

Deyan Deyanov, 29, has been found guilty by a jury at the Provincial Court in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, of murdering grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, who he decapitated on the holiday island in May 2011.

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Tenerife beheading: Accused was 'haunted by voices'

Deyanov told the court he is haunted by voices which tell him how to act. Credit: ITV News

Francisco Beltran, for the defence, told the jury his client was in "total disagreement" with the charge of murder against him.

"He has committed no crime, and it goes without saying that he has not committed the crime of murder," Mr Beltran said.

He asked the jury of nine to see his client as a "sick man" who had been living in the street without a diagnosis or treatment for his acute schizophrenia. Answering questions in Bulgarian with the help of an interpreter, Deyanov told the court he is haunted by voices which tell him how to act.

He claimed they were telling him he was "an angel of Jesus Christ who is going to create a new Jerusalem".

"They direct how I act, sometimes they say kill, fight, hit, pray," he said.

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