Inquest into woman’s beheading

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Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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An inquest into the death of a grandmother beheaded in Tenerife will take place today.

Retired road safety worker Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, originally from Norwich, was shopping in the resort of Los Cristianos on May 13 2011 when she was attacked.

A Spanish jury later ruled that Deyan Deyanov was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the murder, and he was sentenced to 20 years in a secure psychiatric unit in Seville.

Shortly after the killing, it emerged that an arrest warrant for the Bulgarian national had been issued three days earlier in connection with an earlier violent attack after which he was detained in a psychiatric unit.

Deyanov had previously been admitted to the Ablett psychiatric unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, near Rhyl, in June 2010 while he stayed at a relative’s home in Flint.

An independent report published by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales concluded there were “clear shortcomings” relating to the care provided in North Wales.

It said: “It is difficult to determine how these deficiencies may have directly influenced and led to the events of May 2011.

“However, we do believe that had the issues that we identify within the report been addressed, that the likelihood of such an incident occurring might have been significantly reduced.”

Speaking after the report, Ms Mills-Westley’s daughters, Sarah and Samantha, said that had staff not missed his serious medical problems, their mother may still be alive today.

They added: “The Health Inspectorate of Wales report has highlighted a number of significant basic medical best practice failures. These failings are far worse than we had imagined.

“We are shocked to learn that the clearly prejudicial views of the medical staff severely compromised the diagnosis and therefore subsequent treatment of Deyan Deyanov.”

The inquest is due to take place at Norfolk Coroner’s Court, Norwich, this afternoon.

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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