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section of the Avenida Supermercado on the seafront in Los Cristianos.
The visit to the shop was at around 10am last Friday. By 10.25am Mrs Mills-Westley, a retired road safety officer, was dead.
Witnesses at the Chineserun discount supermarket in the Valdes shopping centre, a 10-minute walk from the seafront, said he had severed her head with a long, thin, very sharp blade, the traditional knife used for carving Spanish ham.
After the attack, involving at least 14 blows of the knife, he ran with the head from the store carrying it by the hair. Police are examining the footage from the first supermarket alongside video from the shop where the crime was committed.
It is understood Deyanov arrived on the island towards the end of last year and had initially found work giving out fliers for a Chinese restaurant.
In recent weeks he had been living in squalor in a derelict building in the centre of the tourist area. Among the piles of rubbish and old mattresses he had fashioned a makeshift shrine out of breeze blocks and made an icon of Jesus.
In the early hours of Sunday, Deyanov was remanded into custody following a secret court hearing and detained in a psychiatric unit.
Colin Kirby, 50, a British journalist who lives in Tenerife, was walking past the store last Friday morning when he saw the attacker emerging.
He said he saw the man walking away carrying what he thought was a joke head and only realised the true horror of what he was witnessing when members of the public and security officers grappled the man to the ground.
Mr Kirby said: “The shop sells things for fiestas like joke masks and heads, so at first I thought it was a joke.
“It looked like he was carrying a prop from the Clash of the Titans but then I realised it wasn’t a joke.’’
Describing the man, he added: “He did look dishevelled, slightly swarthylooking and the police are saying he is Bulgarian but we have a big ethnic mix on the island.”
Deyanov, who is said to have a history of mental illness, was taken into police custody last Friday night.
Christina Perez, a legal representative at a nearby court, said a group of lawyers witnessed the man leaving the store, carrying the head.
“A security man from the complex ran after him and jumped on to him so he fell,
Deyan Deyanov (inset) was caught on CCTV (top) demonstrating the size of knife he wanted. Above: police restrain him as he flees the shop where Jennifer Mills-Westley was decapitated
and then he threw the head on to the road,” she said.
Miss Perez, 38, added that her frightened colleagues darted indoors for safety. “They were shocked. Some of them ran to the office and locked themselves in,” she said. “Everybody is shocked. It’s a very safe area. You can usually go anywhere you want in the day or at night. This is really not normal.”
The attack took place as scores of holidaymakers browsed in the town’s bustling shopping district.
Some of those who witnessed the attack had to be treated for shock.
Relatives of Mrs MillsWestley, a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of five, arrived on the island last Saturday as details of the gruesome attack emerged.
An ordinary day out in Los Cristianos for Mrs MillsWestley had become an ordeal when an unwashed vagrant latched on to her and began to rant.
She waited for him to move on, and alerted a guard in the social security office where she sheltered that she had been subjected to “threatening behaviour”.
It is unclear whether the Briton was aware of the man’s dangerous reputation.
After a few minutes Deyanov left and the danger seemed to have passed.
At about 10.15 last Friday morning Mrs Mills-Westley left the office doorway and walked to a Chinese-run discount store next door. Tragically, she encountered Deyanov again and he attacked her, with grisly consequences.
Mrs Mills-Westley, who divided her time between Tenerife, Norfolk and France, was hacked to death by the attacker, who reportedly claimed to be “a prophet of God” as he carried out the frenzied assault.
Deyanov had left a psychiatric unit where he was reportedly being treated for paranoid schizophrenia in February. He was known among locals for his aggressive begging and outbursts of violence. He was said to have been briefly held by police two days before the attack after complaints that he was pestering dancers in night clubs.
At the Port Royale complex of apartments where Mrs Mills-Westley had been a resident for at least 10 years, neighbours expressed shock and concern at the way the case of the dangerous assailant had been handled by the Spanish authorities.
A long-time friend and neighbour of Mrs MillsWestley, who was too upset to give her name, said: “It’s shocking the man that did this had been let out of hospital. It shouldn’t have to be that you wait for something like this to happen before he gets locked away. He was obviously a danger.”
She added: “This is just awful. It’s too upsetting for words. I’ve known Jenny for more than 10 years, since she first moved here.
“She was a lovely, bubbly person who appeared much younger than she was. She was back and forth to the UK and France to see her children and grandchildren.”
Mrs Mills-Westley owned two adjacent apartments in the development set on a peaceful hillside at the edge of Los Cristianos. She rented out one two-bedroom apartment and lived in the other. Similar properties are on the market for about £240,000.
Phil Gibbs, the owner of Premier management services at the complex, said: “She was a very nice lady. She wasn’t the kind of expat who spent a lot of time in bars. She was quiet and peaceful and always immaculately dressed. We are all horrified to hear what happened to her.”
The victim’s daughter, Sarah Mears, 41, from Newton St Faith, near Norwich, released a statement describing her mother as “generous of heart”.
“Mum was fully enjoying her retirement travelling between Tenerife and France where she spent time visiting her daughter and grandchildren, and her other daughter in Norfolk,” she said.
“She was full of life, generous of heart, would do anything for anyone. We now have to find a way of living without her love and light.”
Mrs Mills-Westley’s body was expected to be repatriated to Britain on Wednesday.