Two men accused of murdering a British honeymoon couple in Antigua went on to kill again using a single bullet from the same weapon, a court has heard.
Newlyweds Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were shot in an apparent botched robbery at their luxury resort little more than a fortnight after their wedding.
Their deaths came shortly before local shopkeeper Woneta Anderson was killed with a bullet to the head in an “almost identical” attack, it was alleged.
Opening the case, prosecutor Anthony Armstrong said Avie Howell (20) and Kaniel Martin (23), who deny three counts of murder, acted together, their crimes part of a “joint enterprise”.
“The manner in which these three people were killed was almost identical,” he said.
“All three victims were shot in the head. They were shot with a single bullet, no more, no less.
“All three victims were killed using the same firearm.”
The Mullanys, from Swansea, had been staying at the Cocos Hotel when at least one gunman burst into their hotel chalet as they slept on July 27, 2008.
Fellow tourists reported screams and gunshots. When police arrived, Mrs Mullany was dead – killed by a head wound after her assailant opened fire.
Her husband suffered massive brain haemorrhaging after a bullet entered his neck and travelled up through his skull. He was transported back to Britain for treatment but was pronounced dead a week after the shooting.
On August 8, Howell and Martin allegedly struck again, killing the 43-year-old shopkeeper in her home during what police believe was a violent robbery.
Mr Armstong said Howell and Martin could be linked to all three murders.
Ben Mullany was devoted to Army life, serving for a spell in Northern Ireland where he was shot, before becoming a Sheffield police officer. He later left the South Yorkshire force as he found parts of the job too distressing. Mrs Mullany was a qualified doctor whose life had been marked by career and academic success. Friends said the couple were looking forward to starting a family.