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16 December 2011

Murderers of British honeymoon couple sentenced to life in Antigua

The two men who cold-bloodedly killed a couple from South Wales celebrating their marriage in Antigua were jailed for life today.

It had been widely expected that killers Kaniel Martin and Avie Howell would get the death sentence for the murder of Ben and Catherine Mullany and a local shopkeeper in 2008, but the family of the victims were said to be happy that justice had been served.

Mr and Mrs Mullany, married just two weeks earlier, had been bought the honeymoon of a life time by friends and family. On their last day on the idyllic romantic getaway though, Martin and Howell stormed into the couple’s private chalet.

The newlyweds were then forced on to their knees and shot execution style in the back of their heads.

The murderers escaped with just a small amount of cash and low-value mobile phone and digital camera.

Mrs Mullany died instantly at the scene.

There was some hope that Mr Mullany might survive the senseless attack, with him being flown back to Wales on a specialist private air ambulance attached to a life support machine.

The medical evacuation took 22 hours following an emergency landing in Canada, throughout which the highly trained team on board heroically intervened with life saving procedures several times throughout the flight.

Despite the best efforts of everyone involved though, Mr Mullany succumbed to his injuries a week later at Morriston Hospital, Swansea – the same hospital where his wife worked as a doctor.

Throughout the trial in July, neither Howell nor Martin showed any sign of remorse for the killings.