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Pair to be tried for Antigua murders

Two men will face separate trials for a killing spree that included a newly-wed British couple, a judge in Antigua has ruled.

Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin are accused of killing five people on the Caribbean island in 2008 including Catherine and Benjamin Mullany. Mr and Mrs Mullany, who lived in Rhos near Pontardawe in Swansea, south Wales, died after being shot at around 5am on July 27, 2008, while in their chalet at the five-star Cocos Hotel.

Mrs Mullany (31), a doctor, died instantly while her husband, also 31, and who was studying physiotherapy, was placed on a life-support machine.

A trial was scheduled for Antigua yesterday but Justice Richard Floyd divided the cases.

The men will now go on trial on June 1 for the murder of the British couple and of a Jamaican shopkeeper.

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