New delay in sentencing killers

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Two men who murdered a former South Yorkshire Police officer and his new bride on honeymoon will not be sentenced until at least next month, officials in Antigua have confirmed.

Newlyweds Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were gunned down on the Caribbean island a fortnight after they tied the knot in 2008.

Their killers - Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20 - had faced the possible death penalty yesterday when they arrived at the island’s High Court in St Johns for the third time since their murder convictions.

But Antigua’s Director of Public Prosecutions said while psychiatric reports on the pair had been completed, matters had once again been adjourned.

An official said: “The reports have now been completed. Sentencing is due to take place on November 11.”

Next month’s hearing will be the fourth time the killers have been brought back to court following their conviction for murdering the Mullanys and a local shopkeeper.

Mr Mullany served in the Army before training as a PC, but left South Yorkshire Police after he found elements of the job “too distressing”.

He and his new wife - a doctor from Swansea - were shot in the head on July 27, 2008. Mrs Mullany died instantly, while Mr Mullany was flown back to Wales on a life support machine. He died in hospital a week later.