Jennifer Mills-Westley trial makes the headlines in Tenerife
08:46 20 February 2013
The court might not have been sitting yesterday but the trial of Deyan Deyanov was still big news. Crime correspondent PETER WALSH reports from Los Cristianos.
‘El decapitador de Arona desafia a la hija de la victima’ was how La Opinion de Tenerife reported the story on its front page yesterday.
While the Diario de Avisos.com had a front page picture of knives used by Deyan Deyanov in the attack and the headline ‘El Decapitador muestra su desvario en la vista’.
Deyan Deyanov was once again front page news almost two years after he, allegedly, committed an act of such barbarity that it stunned everyone on the island.
Gretel Masera, who works at the Mini Market shop in Los Cristianos, near to the harbour, said seeing the story on the front page brought back “goose bumps” and sent a shiver running through her.
She said: “I can remember for some time then forget – I don’t have it in my mind every day, but when I saw that it jumped back in my mind. I think you can never forget. I don’t think anyone could forget.
For me it was very impactive because I was only 300 metres from where it happened. For some time I didn’t go back but now I go again.
“It was very scary. You go into the shop and think the question maybe it was here or here.
“People remember it happening and I think they felt scared for some time.
“You think it could’ve been me or another person in the area where you live.”
Colin Kirby, a freelance journalist who works for Tenerife Magazine, said the coverage in the media following the start of the trial meant everyone was now talking about it again.
He said: “I think it’s dredged up a lot of the feeling if the time.
“People were glad it had gone away but now it’s back in the spotlight.”
Tannys Walsh, who works at the Dail Fountain Irish bar, close to Los Cristianos harbour, said the trial had brought back unhappy memories for people in the area.
She said: “It’s one of those things that people did their best to try and forget.”
Ms Walsh said she tried to shield her two children from the horror of what happened by not watching the TV.
But with the trial now taking place in Santa Cruz it is back in the news and back on people’s minds.
Ms Walsh said: “We’ve not heard anything about it until this, until the trial.
“We just didn’t talk about it. It’s not the thing you want to talk about. It’s not something you forget about. It’s one of those days you always remember.
“It’s unheard of anything like that happening, it’s just awful.”
She added: “They should stick him in a room with her family.”
Trial re-starts today.