Honeymoon murders scene described
A British honeymoon couple murdered in Antigua were found lying in a bloodied scene in their luxury resort, a court has heard.
Newly-weds Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, died after an apparent botched robbery at their beachside hotel little more than a fortnight after their wedding day.
Horrific details emerged as a medic recalled treating Mr Mullany while he desperately tried to communicate with emergency workers before he was rushed from the chalet where his new wife lay dead. But those battling to save him were never able to make out his words, jurors were told.
The student physiotherapist was pronounced dead a week after the attack.
Describing the gruesome Caribbean murder scene which met those called to the secluded spot on the morning of July 27, 2008, emergency medical technician Loretta Ephraim told how she found Mrs Mullany lying lifeless on the floor, her husband in a similar position on the bed in their chalet. It was 6.15am.
"When we got in, I noticed blood and mosquito nets over the bed," she told the court. "There was a male on the bed and there was a female lying down on the floor next to the bed. The female was lying very still, on the floor. Her eyes were open, wide open, but there were no movements coming from her."
Speaking at the trial of Avie Howell, 20 and Kaniel Martin, 23 - who both deny murder, she outlined how she had arrived at the hillside cottage to find armed officers and police standing guard.
Inside, she worked on Mr Mullany, attempting to place a brace around his neck and stem the bleeding from his head. "While I was putting the bandage on... he tried to say something but I couldn't understand what he was saying," she said.
Earlier the court heard how the pair had been shot by the same gun which was later turned on local shopkeeper, Woneta Anderson.
The 43-year-old was killed in an "almost identical" attack the next month, prosecutor Anthony Armstrong told jurors. Opening the case in the Caribbean court room, he said Howell, 20 and Martin, 23, could be linked to all three murders.