THE man accused of beheading a British grandmother on the holiday island of Tenerife was on the run from police when the attack was carried out.
Police had warned that he was a danger to the public and should not be allowed on the streets, but he was freed on bail after a short spell in a psychiatric clinic.
Three days before Jennifer Mills-Westley (60), from Norfolk, was hacked to death in a supermarket, a judge ordered the arrest of the Bulgarian vagrant who allegedly killed her and paraded her head through the street. On May 10, Nelson Diaz Frias, a magistrate, issued a warrant for the arrest of Deyan Deyanov (28) after he failed to meet bail conditions after an attack in which he knocked out his victim's front teeth with a rock.
The unprovoked assault on a night security guard patrolling the beach front in the popular resort of Los Cristianos took place on February 4.
When Deyanov was arrested for that crime he boasted to police that he was "a prophet of God on earth" and was "planning something big". According to a local source a police report labelled him as "a dangerous individual who should be kept off the streets", but he was given bail after spending some time in a psychiatric unit in Santa Cruz, the capital of the island.
He regularly spent the night in a derelict building on the beach in front of the promenade and was well known in the area for his aggressive behaviour towards tourists.
Deyanov appeared in court on Saturday, provisionally charged with murder.
The body of Mrs Mills-Westley, who had lived on the island for at least 10 years, is expected to be flown back to Britain this week. A retired road safety officer, she was a mother of two daughters and had five grandchildren. (© The Daily Telegraph)