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Newlywed murder pair sentenced

Two men who gunned down a British couple on their honeymoon could be about to be sentenced to death.

Ben and Catherine Mullany, 31, were both shot on the holiday island of Antigua a fortnight after they had tied the knot.

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20 were both found guilty of murdering the newlyweds - as well as killing a local shopkeeper in almost identical circumstances.

The pair - known by the aliases of Sample Dan and Demon - could face the death penalty for their crimes - and were due to learn their fate last month.

Despite being brought back to the island's High Court on two occasions, a judge heard that psychiatric reports had not yet been completed.

Mr and Mrs Mullany's family hope Martin and Howell's sentence will finally be dealt with - bringing an end to the protracted legal proceedings which took three years for justice to be served.

University of West England physiotherapy student Mr Mullany and his wife, a doctor working at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, died after being shot in the head on July 27, 2008.

After gunning down the couple, Martin and Howell stole an inexpensive mobile phone, a cheap digital camera and a small quantity of cash.

London Imperial College graduate Mrs Mullany died instantly, while Mr Mullany was flown back to Swansea on a life support machine. However, despite the best efforts of his wife's colleagues, he died a week after the shooting.

Their killers were finally be brought to justice on the third anniversary of the couple's shooting.


From Belfast Telegraph