Jennifer Mills-Westley var på ferie på Tenerife og skulle en tur på butikken fredag. Hun har pensjonert fra jobben som trafikkonstabel og levde et godt liv.
Halshogging er noe man forbinder med Midtøsten og Pakistan eller andre steder der muslimske ekstremister herjer. Men nå møter man en slik skjebne også på Tenerife. Det er uklart hva som er bakgrunnen til gjerningsmannen, men han sa da han kom gående ut av butikksenteret med Mills-Westleys avhogde hode:
– Gud er på jorden.
Det bestialske drapet hadde altså en religiøs dimensjon.
Det sies at gjerningsmannen er en 28 år gammel bulgarer med psykiatriske problemer. Et annet vitne omtaler ham som spansk-utseende.
She died horrifically yesterday when a man attacked her in the Valdes shopping centre on Avenida Juan Carlos in Los Cristianos.
Witnesses spoke of their horror and disbelief after she was stabbed and decapitated in a supermarket.
The suspect was alleged to have carried Ms Mills-Westley’s head outside and was reportedly saying “God is on earth’’.
The suspect, who was arrested. was named in reports as Deyan Valentinov D – with Spanish police only providing the first initial of his surname.
He is believed to be 28 and a homeless Bulgarian with a police record.
Police are investigating the man’s movements leading up to the killing and studying CCTV and witness statements to establish precisely what happened.
Colin Kirby, who was in the supermarket at the time, said: “There were people shouting.
“There was a Hispanic-looking guy walking behind me, looking very scruffy, muttering to himself, carrying what I thought was a joke head by the hair.
“The blood – it just made me think Clash Of The Titans.”
He added: “The security guards came out, they chased him across the road. By this time he’s empty-handed.
“They got him on the other side of the road, just by the cultural centre. A couple of people tried to get him, they flattened him, got him on the ground.’’