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Trial set to start in Tenerife today of man accused of killing Hellesdon woman Jennifer Mills-Westley

10:57 18 February 2013

Jennifer Mills-Westley.

Jennifer Mills-Westley.

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The eyes of the world were on Tenerife today with the trial set to start of a man accused of stabbing and beheading a former Hellesdon woman almost two years ago.

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Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, a former Norfolk County Council road safety officer, was killed in the resort of Los Cristianos, on the island of Tenerife, in May 2011.

Deyan Deyanov, a Bulgarian man with a history of mental health problems, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of the mother-of-two and grandmother-of-five, who had lived in Saracen Road, Hellesdon, before moving abroad.

Deyanov, who appeared in court days after her death and was remanded in the psychiatric unit of a prison in Tenerife, is to go on trial at the Audiencia Provincial in Avenida Tres de Mayo, Santa Cruz, Tenerife today.

During the trial, which is expected to take about a week, the two daughters of Mrs Mills-Westley will come face to face with the man accused of their mother’s murder: something they have described as a “daunting” prospect.

In a statement released by the charity Missing Abroad last week her daughters, Sarah and Sam, said: “Going back to Tenerife not only is a daunting prospect but it will reopen our wounds”.

It added: “We have to hope that justice will prevail so we can lay our mother to rest, and remember her in happier times rather than the memories we currently have – memories which are shrouded by the brutality of her death.”

Norwich Evening News crime reporter Peter Walsh is heading out to Tenerife to find out more about the case and will be reporting back from Los Cristianos during the trial.

To see the first of his reports from the holiday island see tomorrow’s Evening News or log on to www.eveningnews24.co.uk.

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