Beheading accused was ‘obsessed’ with sci-fi film

THE Bulgarian man accused of beheading a British grandmother in Tenerife was described as a habitual cannabis smoker obsessed with the sci-fi film Predator, which features decapitations.

Deyan Deyanov, 28, allegedly killed Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, in a shop in the popular resort of Los Cristianos. He stabbed her 14 times before decapitating her.

A man who lived with him in Scotland said yesterday his ex-flatmate was “a little crazy”.

The 36-year-old, who asked not to be named, lived with Deyanov for 18 months in Leith, just north of Edinburgh, as he worked on building sites.

He told STV News that Deyanov worked hard during the week but on the weekends took a lot of drugs, which he said would make him “crazy”.

“He worked five days a week and was off on the weekend,” said the former flatmate. “Saturday and Sunday were crazy days because he was drinking and smoking. I had trouble with him because he smoked marijuana.

“He started dancing on the bed because he had too much to smoke and drink. Sometimes Scottish women would visit him here for sex. He had lots of energy.

“He lost his job but he wasn’t lazy. He tried to find another job.”

The former flatmate added that he came home one night to find Deyanov crying.

He said: “I said to him ‘why are you crying?’ He said: ‘Because nobody cares about me, nobody cares what happens to me, I’m alone.’”

“One day he cried, the next day he jumped on my bed, he was crazy. One day sad, one day happy.”

Spanish authorities said on Monday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Deyanov’s arrest in Tenerife three days before the attack. An unprovoked attack with a rock left a security guard with broken teeth.

A magistrate had ordered that Deyanov be detained for psychiatric tests after a previous incident.

Officers did not bring in the homeless man, who was well-known in the area.

The mayor of the region said Deyanov should have been detained earlier.

“This person was well-known to police and had been involved in very many altercations,” said Jose Albert Gonzalez Reveron.

“Everyone would like him to have been detained earlier. He should have been in a psychiatric hospital.”

Deyanov has been charged with murder and is being held in the psychiatric unit of Tenerife II prison.

It was reported that Deyanov constantly watched the film Predator, in which an alien creature hunts and beheads its victims, and had characters from its fictional language tattooed on his right arm.

The body of Mrs Mills-Westley, who had lived on the island for at least 10 years, is expected to be repatriated to England this week.

The retired road safety officer had two daughters and five grandchildren.


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