Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Faces of honeymoon killers revealed

Avie Howell was found guilty of the murders of honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany on Antigua
Avie Howell was found guilty of the murders of honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany on Antigua
Kaniel Martin was also convicted. The pair could face the death penalty

The faces of two cold-blooded killers have been revealed after they were convicted of murdering a British honeymoon couple on the holiday island of Antigua.

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, were able to obscure their identities during their two-month trial by shielding themselves from photographers as they were escorted to and from court each day.

But now the killers - who may face the death penalty - have been exposed in police mugshots for the first time.

Ben and Catherine Mullany were shot in the back of the head during a dawn raid on their luxury chalet at the five-star Cocos Hotel on July 27 2008.

Three years later, Howell, of Golden Grove, Antigua, and Martin, of Tindale Road, were found guilty of their murders and that of a local shopkeeper. The pair, who refused to answer questions throughout proceedings, remained totally impassive as the verdicts were read out on Wednesday in the capital city of St John's.

The grieving relatives of their victims have condemned their evil "disregard" for human life.

In a statement, the two families spoke of their "sense of relief" saying: "After three years of waiting there is justice for our children.

"These two individuals can never again inflict the same anguish and devastation to any other family as they have to ours. We will never be able to comprehend the senseless nature of their deaths, the total disregard shown for human life and that no remorse has ever been shown."

The Mullanys, both 31, had only been married for two weeks when they were killed.

The court heard that Mrs Mullany, a doctor, appeared to have fought off her attacker before she died, while student physiotherapist Mr Mullany was flown back home to South Wales in a desperate attempt to save his life. Despite the efforts of his wife's medical colleagues in Swansea, his life-support was switched off a week after the shooting.

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