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Tenerife Beheading: Killer Gets 20 Years
Bulgarian national Deyan Deyanov has been sentenced to 20 years in a psychiatric unit for killing British grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley in a supermarket.
The 60-year-old was shopping in the quiet resort of Los Cristianos when she was attacked by the homeless drug addict.
Deyanov had earlier asked a shopkeeper for a "big" knife as he was planning to kill someone.
He then walked into the Mas Articulos Mejor Precios shop where he repeatedly stabbed Ms Mills-Westley,
The 29-year-old Bulgarian then walked out of the shop carrying her head.
His defence had argued that he was not criminally responsible for his actions due to paranoid schizophrenia, but he was found guilty by a jury of nine last week.
When asked by the magistrate if he had anything he wanted to say, Deyanov answered through his interpreter: "I am the second reincarnation of Jesus Christ and I will bring the fire of the Holy Spirit to bear against this court."
A crack cocaine and LSD user, Deyanov was well-known to police and a warrant for his arrest had been issued three days prior to the killing.
Twice sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he had spent time in Glan Clwyd hospital, North Wales, and Tenerife's La Candelaria hospital before being bailed in February 2011.
Road safety officer Ms Mills-Westley had retired to Tenerife in 2009 and owned two apartments in Los Cristianos.
In a statement issued after Deyanov was found guilty, her family said: "Since 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."