Honeymoon killers face sentencing next week

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TWO killers who gunned down a former South Yorkshire police officer and his wife on their honeymoon could be sentenced on Monday.

Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were shot during a robbery at their luxury hotel in Antigua just two weeks after getting married.

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, were found guilty of murdering the young couple, from Pontardawe, South Wales, and were due to be sentenced this week but their case was halted so psychiatric reports could be prepared.

The killers, known on the streets as Sample Dan and Demon, have been told the death penalty is among the options. Their case has been rescheduled to take place at Antigua’s High Court.

A spokesman for the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda said: “The sentence was not done this week due to the fact all the reports requested by the court were not available.

“The matter is now set for October 3, but it is still not clear if the sentence will be done on that date.”

Mr and Mrs Mullany were killed in a dawn raid at their hotel in July 2008 on what was supposed to be their final full day there.

After blasting the pair in the head at point blank range, Howell and Martin stole former South Yorkshire Police officer Mr Mullany’s mobile phone, a digital camera and cash.

Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died instantly, but her husband survived for a week before his life support machine was switched off.

Howell and Martin also murdered shopkeeper Woneta Anderson in identical circumstances a few days later.