Tenerife: Witnesses Describe Attack On Norwich Woman
20 February 2013, 13:22
60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley from Norwich was killed in a knife attack on the holiday island in May 2011.
Kenneth and Susan Bennison were giving evidence in the trial of homeless Bulgarian Deyan Deyanov via video link at Santa Cruz court in Tenerife.
29 year old Deyanov 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 Norwich, Norfolk, was repeatedly stabbed while she was in a Chinese-owned store near the beach.
Mr and Mrs Bennison, from Warrington, both broke down in tears when they described how they witnessed the attack from just yards away as they shopped during their holidays. Mrs Bennison told the court she became aware of what was happening when she heard a "very strange noise''. She looked to her right and saw a man kneeling on the ground, repeatedly stabbing a lady she had previously passed in the aisle.
Asked by defence lawyer Francisco Beltran if she could see the man's face, Mrs Bennison answered "yes" and that he looked "unclean, wild and he did not look human''.
Mr Bennison explained that there had been no argument and nothing was said between Ms Mills-Westley and her attacker. He told the jury of nine that Deyanov looked "quite calm" as he carried out the attack.
Ms Mills-Westley's daughters, Sarah Mills-Westley, 43, from Norwich, and Samantha Mills-Westley, 39, who lives in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, were in court for the trial's second day.