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Men found guilty of honeymoon murders in Antigua

MURDER: Newly weds Catherine and Ben Mullany. (right) Avie Howell, in the check shirt, leaving court with accomplice Kaniel Martin, who covers his face.

TWO ANTIGUAN men have been found guilty of murdering a British couple honeymooning on the paradise island.

Catherine and Ben Mullany were shot in 2008 at their luxury chalet in Antigua by Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23. Both victims had bullet wounds to the head.

Metropolitan Police detective, Supt Keith Niven, who led the British team assisting with the investigation, said he believed the murders had been Howell and Martin's main aim and the theft of inexpensive mobile phones, a camera and a small amount of cash, was a secondary

Two weeks after the killings, the pair carried out a similar murder on local woman Woneta Anderson, 43.

The pair broke into her shop, taking two mobile phones and a handful of top-up cards. Just like the British couple, Ms Anderson was also shot in the back of the head.

Martin was arrested after his mobile phone SIM card was activated in Ben Mullany's stolen mobile phone.

A forensic expert from the UK said that gun powder residue was found on clothing belonging to both defendants. A bloodstained footprint matching Howell's shoe was also discovered in Ms Anderson's shop.

The grieving parents released a joint statement that read: “There is no joy at today's verdict, just a sense of relief that 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 young couple had only been married for just over two weeks.

Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died instantly after sustaining a shot to the back of the head, while her husband, a physiotherapist student, was flown back home to South Wales in a desperate attempt to save his life, but could not be saved.

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