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    Default 2 Men Are Charged in Antigua Honeymooners Murders

    2 men arrested, charged with murder of British honeymooners in Antigua

    A man and a teenager were charged Monday with the murders of a British couple who were shot in their resort cottage on the last day of their honeymoon, police in this Caribbean island said.

    The 20-year old man and 17-year-old male were taken to a magistrate court in the capital, St. John's, and were charged with murder, robbery and receiving stolen goods, court officials said. Police would not identify the men, who were taken to prison after being charged, or say where they were from.

    Benjamin and Catherine Mullany, both 31 and from Wales, were married on July 12 and went to Antigua for a two-week honeymoon. On July 27 the day they were to leave they were shot before dawn at the Cocos Hotel in the island's southwest. Police have said robbery appeared to be a motive.

    Police in Wales said they have informed the families of the slain couple of the latest developments.

    "We are pleased at how the investigation is progressing," the families said in a statement.

    Last week, authorities charged two women with crimes "connected to the murders."

    Police then detained eight other people. Five were released, and the two men charged on Monday were among those who had remained in custody. A 31-year-old woman also remained in custody but has not been charged.

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    Default 2 Woman Arrested in Horrific Honeymoon Murder

    Antigua Police Arrest 2 in Honeymooner Killings

    Antigua police have arrested two women in the slaying of a honeymooning couple from Britain.

    Police say the suspects appeared before a judge Thursday on the Caribbean island. They were charged with crimes "connected to the murders" of Benjamin and Catherine Mullany.

    Investigators did not give more information about their alleged role in the July attack on the 31-year-old newlyweds at a beachfront cottage.

    Police Inspector Cornelius Charles told The Associated Press he expects more arrests are forthcoming. He declined to give details, saying it might jeopardize the investigation.

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    Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23

    The trial has started of two men accused of murdering a British couple on their honeymoon in Antigua three years ago.

    Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were shot in an apparent botched robbery at their luxury resort, just over a fortnight after their wedding.

    Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23, were later charged with their murders.

    The Mullanys, from Pontardawe, near Swansea, had been staying at the 330-a-night five-star Cocos Hotel.

    Mr Howell, wearing a white checked shirt and jeans, and Mr Martin, dressed in jeans and a purple shirt, sat next to each other in the open dock, flanked by two security officers.

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    Catherine Mullany fought off attack, Antigua trial told

    A woman shot dead on her Caribbean honeymoon may have tried to fend off an attack, a doctor has told a jury.

    Catherine Mullany's body was found in a "defensive stance" at the Cocos Hotel and Resort in Antigua in July 2008.

    Dr Oritta Zacharia told the trial of Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23, at Antigua's High Court it appeared as if she had been in a fight.

    They deny killing Mrs Mullany and her husband Ben, from Swansea Valley, and local shopkeeper Woneta Anderson, 43.

    Dr Zacharia, who works for the Antigua's ministry of health, said Mrs Mullany was found in her bungalow at the resort in night wear with her new surname embroidered on it.

    She said the 31-year-old had fresh bruising.

    "In my opinion, she appeared to have been in a fight before she would have died," she said.
    The doctor told the court she arrived at the resort at about 6.40am on 27 July 2008.

    By the time she got to Mrs Mullany's body some rigor mortis had set in.

    "She was lying on her back, her arms and legs were somewhat over her body in a defensive stance," she said.

    "The body was rolled so that the back was exposed and she was wearing, at the time, a white pyjama set and on the back of the upper body there was a blood-stained area which was quite extensive.

    "On the right side of her head there was a bullet wound. Her skin colour was blue-grey.

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    "On turning the body, we also discovered a shell close to her feet - a bullet shell, that is.

    "At the back, where there was a blood stained area, there were, embroidered, the words Mrs Mullany."

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    Mullany murders: Jury told of ransacked bedroom

    The jury in the trial of two men accused of murdering a honeymoon couple has been given a graphic description of their hotel room after they were shot.

    Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, from Pontardawe, Swansea Valley, were attacked at the Cocos Hotel and Resort in Antigua in July 2008.


    The pair also deny killing local shopkeeper Woneta Anderson, 43.

    The jury was given a description of the inside the couple's room and were shown photographs of the murder scene.

    Murder scene

    The court heard from Antigua's police Assistant Supt Carmel Lewis, who is also a forensic expert and police photographer.

    The jury heard how the room had been ransacked. There were clothes strewn around, and on the bed was a white sheet and a blue T-shirt splattered with blood.

    The court was told that the door to the room's safe was open. Lying on the floor was the body of Catherine Mullany, and by her were three spent bullet shells.

    Assistant Supt Lewis said Mrs Mullany had an injury near her right eyebrow.

    He told the court he took 60 photographs of the murder scene.

    The trial, now in its second week, has already heard evidence from a doctor that Mrs Mullany had tried to fend off the attack.

    The couple were on the final day of their honeymoon when at least one gunman burst into their room at the hotel.

    Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died at the scene of what appeared to have been a botched robbery.
    Her husband, who was a physiotherapy student, was critically injured.

    He was flown back to Britain for treatment but was pronounced dead a week later at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

    The trial continues.

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