Deyan Deyanov is accused of beheading Jennifer Mills-Westley at a shop on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife

Man Who Beheaded British Woman In Tenerife Denies Murder, Voices Told Him To Do It

A man who beheaded a British woman in a Tenerife supermarket has denied the murder, telling a court at his trial that he committed the crime because voices in his head told him to.

Deyan Deyanov, a 29-year-old homeless Bulgarian, killed 60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley on May 13, 2011. The grandmother of five had been living in Tenerife after retiring from her job as on the road safety officer in Norwich in the UK.

Mills-Westley was stabbed and decapitated while out shopping in the resort of Los Cristianos.

In court, Deyanov — who only speaks Bulgarian — gave testimony and replied to questions through an interpreter.

According to The Guardian, at the time of the murder Deyanov was addicted to drugs. Specifically, crack cocaine and Lysergic acid diethylamide — otherwise known as LSD. He has also been diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia.

Deyanov told the court he was, and is, plagued by voices that tell him what to do. He said they had told him he was “an angel of Jesus Christ who is going to create a new Jerusalem,” adding, “they direct how I act, sometimes they say kill, fight, hit, pray.”

After CCTV footage of his attack on Mills-Westley was played in court, Deyanov said he did not recognize himself in the video and had no memory of living in Tenerife.

Jennifer Mills-Westley was beheaded on May 13, 2011 in Tenerife by Deyan Deyanov
Comments