MADRID (AP) — The trial opened Monday of a Bulgarian man who allegedly beheaded a British woman with a carving knife in a random attack inside a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
Deyan Valentinov, a 20-year-old homeless Bulgarian man with a police record, is accused of having entered the store on May 13, 2011, grabbed a 9-inch (23-centimeter) ham-slicing knife and then repeatedly attacked Jennifer Mills-Westley.
Valentinov was captured by security guards after he had run out of the supermarket holding the head. Prosecutors demand he should be sentenced to 20 years in a mental asylum because he has chronic paranoid schizophrenia.
Canary Island court spokesman Gonzalo Perez said the proceedings at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife court began with jury selection. Valentinov was to appear later. A statement from the woman's daughters last week spoke of the pain they felt on revisiting Tenerife and facing Valentinov. They asked for privacy and said they would release another statement once the trial has finished.
The trial concludes Feb. 25 but there is no date set for a verdict.