Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The man accused of the murder of former Hellesdon woman Jennifer Mills-Westley called himself ‘Jesus Christ’ in court today as the trial into her death continued.
Deyan Deyanov, wearing a beige jumper and running shoes, shouted “I am Jesus Christ” in Bulgarian as a police officer gave evidence.
Giving evidence on Monday, he had told the court he hears voices which tell him he is an “angel of Jesus Christ” who will create a new Jerusalem.
He has been diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia and has admitted he was a crack cocaine and LSD user.
The prosecution is asking for him be sentenced to 20 years in a psychiatric unit.
Police officers who attended the scene told today of the chaotic scenes when they arrived at the shop.
Identified to the court only by their badge numbers, one said: “When I arrived I saw some of my colleagues running towards a kerb where a security guard was with a restrained person who was covered in blood on the ground.
“The security guard said they had seen a head or something like that.
“When we took him to the car people started to shout ‘Murderer’, ‘Kill him’, ‘Hang him’.
“My colleagues put him in the car and took him took him to the police station.
“Until then I had not seen the head but people were shouting, ‘There is a head, there is a head’ and on the kerb opposite there was indeed a head covered by a blanket.”
The officer said that after he discovered the head he followed a trail of blood into the shop, where he found the body in a pool of blood.
Yiping Chen, who was working in the shop when Ms Mills-Westley was killed, said Deyanov approached her and twice said: “I have cut off the head of a crazy girl.”
It also emerged that police dealt with him twice in the days before the attack.
One officer who attended the scene said he stopped the defendant about 10 days earlier in Los Cristianos.
“As I recall it was because this person was throwing bottles at a shopping centre. It seemed he was quite drunk, he had a crate of beers and he was throwing glass bottles at the shopping centre.”
Another officer said he found Deyanov having a row with a man at a different shopping centre in Los Cristianos about a week before the killing.
Sarah Mills-Westley told the court on Monday that her mother had become increasingly worried about vagrants on the island.
Deyanov, 29, denies murdering grandmother of five Jennifer Mills-Westley in the popular resort of Los Cristianos in the Canary Islands, Spain, on May 13, 2011.
The 60-year-old, originally from Hellesdon, was repeatedly stabbed while she was in a Chinese-owned general store near the beach.
The trial was adjourned for the day and will resume tomorrow.