The Bulgarian drug-addict accused of beheading a British grandmother in a busy supermarket in Tenerife today claimed voices tell him to 'kill and fight', declaring to a packed courtroom: 'I am an angel of Jesus Christ.'
Deyan Deyanov is charged with stabbing and decapitating 60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley with a nine-inch ham-slicing knife in front of horrified shoppers in the town of Los Cristianos on May 13 2011.
The blood-soaked 29-year-old was then tackled by security guards as he ran out of the supermarket brandishing the mother-of-two's severed head and shouting wildly.
But appearing in court for the first time today, the drug addict - who was high on crack cocaine and LSD when he was arrested - claimed he had no recollection of ever even living in Tenerife, let alone murdering Ms Mills-Westley.
Denying the murder, he said: 'I didn’t commit this crime. I am a very peaceful person. I didn’t cut off her head. I don’t remember anything.'
Answering questions in Bulgarian with the help of an interpreter, Deyanov told the court he is haunted by voices which tell him how to act.
He claimed they were telling him he was 'an angel of Jesus Christ who is going to create a new Jerusalem'.
'They direct how I act, sometimes they say kill, fight, hit, pray,' he said.
He made the claims on the first day of his trial at the Provincial Court in Santa Cruz, attended by both of Ms Mills-Westley's daughters, Sarah Mears, 43, and Samantha Gomes, 38.
Also at the court were Jennifer Mills-Westley's brother John Smith, 63, and sister-in-law, Julie Smith, 62.
As the jury was shown 'tough' CCTV footage relating to the attack, Mrs Gomes covered her mouth in horror and stared into the distance.
Giving evidence later, Mrs Mears said: 'All I want to see is justice done for my mum today.'
After watching the CCTV footage, Deyanov said it was 'a montage, a film' and claimed that he did not recognise himself in the images.
The defendant said he had been using crack cocaine and LSD before his arrest, but had no memory of living in Tenerife.
Asked if he knew he was in Tenerife after being brought there from a psychiatric unit in Seville on the Spanish mainland, he said: 'I have just found out.'
He made the bizarre claim moments after Ms Mills-Westley's heart-broken daughter covered her mouth in horror as the court was shown chilling CCTV footage of the moment her mother was killed during a routine shopping trip in the town.