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Friday, May 13, 2011

British woman decapitated in Los Cristianos

As Colin Kirby of Tenerife Magazine says, I thought I’d seen everything in Tenerife, but the murder which took place in Los Cristianos this morning is certainly one of those surreal events that makes the most dramatic fiction pale by comparison.

Earlier reports had suggested that the woman was Chinese, but it has later been established and reported that she was, in fact, of British nationality.

The 60 year old woman, who has not been named, was a customer in the Chinese supermarket in the lower level of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos, which until recent changes, had been the location of the Arona district courts.

A 28 year old Bulgarian man, named as Deyan Valentinov D, has been detained in relation to the murder. It seems that this unemployed individual, who has been living in a semi-abandoned property, is well known to the authorities in the area, having previous convictions for violent crimes. The accused was only released from the psychiatric unit of the Candelaria hospital in Tenerife, where he had been held as a consequence of his previous violent episodes, in February of this year.

A local official has said the man appeared to choose his victim at random and although police were investigating to see if the victim and the killer knew one another, it is thought that they had no previous connection whatsoever.

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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