Tenerife beheading sparks horrifying memories for mum

Dorothy Hardy.
Dorothy Hardy.
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IT was a brutal murder which shocked the world - and one which brought back harrowing memories for the mum of a Wearside stab victim.

Jennifer Mills-Westley was in the popular holiday resort of Los Cristianos, in Tenerife, when she was butchered in a random attack.

Deranged Deyan Deyanov allegedly claimed he was on a mission from God as he went shopping for a knife before committing the sickening slaying last week.

The murder on the sunshine island, which once again raised the issue of care for dangerous mental heath patients, bore horrifying similarities to an attack which claimed the life of Simon Richardson in Red House, Sunderland, eight years ago.

Paranoid schizophrenic Sean Crone repeatedly slashed the throat of his friend with a disposable razor just hours after stabbing Ian Lawson more than 20 times with two kitchen knives

Today, Simon’s mum Dorothy Hardy, from Shotton Colliery, spoke of her shock at the murder and the nightmares it brought back.

“It brought back a lot of bad memories,” said the 59-year-old. “I know exactly what that poor woman’s family is going through. My heart goes out to them.

“When I first heard about it, it brought it all back to me.

“Nobody should have to go through an experience like that.

“It was absolutely terrible.”

It is understood Deyanov had a long history of mental health problems and random violence.

In recent months, the 28-year-old, who was on bail for a vicious attack on a security guard when he beheaded Ms Mills-Westley, had been arrested three times for assault.

Similarly, Crone, of Rhodesia Road, Red House, was just 10 when he showed early signs of the violence that would lead him on a horrific killing spree.

As a schoolboy, he attempted to injure his brother by sticking a knife through the mattress of his bunk bed.

During another disturbing childhood episode, he saturated a sponge in hot water in a bid to scald his sister when she picked it up to wash herself.

The frightening acts sparked a string of sinister events that ultimately led to the deaths of Simon, 27, and 25-year-old Ian.

These included an alleged attack on an asylum seeker and claims that he threatened to stab a girl “straight through her neck” less than a week before his rampage.