Honeymoon murder trial begins

Handout photo dated 10/09/08 of Catherine and Ben Mullany. The families of a British couple murdered on their honeymoon will today find out if their long wait for justice shows any sign of drawing nearer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 23, 2011. Relatives of the Mullanys have been anxiously waiting for the trial of two Antiguan men accused of shooting dead the newlyweds in their hotel chalet almost three years ago. See PA story COURTS Mullany. Photo credit should read: PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 10/09/08 of Catherine and Ben Mullany. The families of a British couple murdered on their honeymoon will today find out if their long wait for justice shows any sign of drawing nearer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 23, 2011. Relatives of the Mullanys have been anxiously waiting for the trial of two Antiguan men accused of shooting dead the newlyweds in their hotel chalet almost three years ago. See PA story COURTS Mullany. Photo credit should read: PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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THE trial of two men accused of murdering a former Sheffield couple on honeymoon in Antigua has finally started - nearly three years after they were brutally killed.

Former South Yorkshire policeman Ben Mullany and his new wife Catherine, both aged 31, were shot in an apparent botched robbery at their luxury resort little more than a fortnight after their wedding day in 2008.

A Caribbean courtroom heard two men accused of murdering the honeymoon couple went on to kill again using a single bullet from the same weapon.

Their deaths came shortly before that of local shopkeeper Woneta Anderson, who was killed with a bullet to the head in an “almost identical” attack, it was alleged.

Prosecutor Anthony Armstrong told jurors that defendants Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23, had 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.”

The Mullanys had been staying at the Cocos Hotel in the south west of the holiday island on July 27, 2008, when the gunmen burst into their hotel chalet as they slept.

Qualified doctor Mrs Mullany died instantly, while her husband - a former Sheffield policeman who was retraining to be a physiotherapist - was brought home on a life-support machine but later died. Fellow tourists reported screams, gunshots and a female voice pleading for help, the court heard. Howell and Martin deny three counts of murder.