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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Beheaded woman was 'our mum, mentor & best friend'

Jennifer Mills-Westley's family have paid an emotional tribute to her following Deyan Deyanov's sentencing of up to 20 years in prison for her murder.

Since the May 13 2011, Jennifer Mills-Westley has become known as the lady who was beheaded in Tenerife.

The truth is she was our mum, our mentor and our best friend.

She was a highly gifted, selfless person with so much love in her heart and who has been taken away from us in her prime.

It's hard to put into words the devastating impact that this preventable and needless act has had on us as a family - sadly mum was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We would like to thank the jury for having the courage to sit through this trial.

But while today sees the conclusion of the legal process, lessons must be learnt from this tragic event to ensure justice is done for our mum and to ensure that no other family has to be subjected to this ordeal.

It is clear to us that there has been a catalogue of failings - unfortunately it is now left to us to piece these together as we still have so many unanswered questions.

We would like to make a plea that the care of people like Deyan Valentinov Deyanov is taken more seriously.

He is a young man who has clearly been failed by a number of authorities, in the UK, Spain and most likely others.

– Joint family statement issued through charity Missing Abroad

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