Two men to stand trial over murders in Antigua

Honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany were violently attacked

Two men charged with the murders of British honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany in Antigua will stand trial over their deaths, a judge ruled.

A judge on the Caribbean island said there was enough evidence for Kaniel Martin, 22, and Avie Howell, 18, to stand trial over the murders of the couple, who were on the final day of their honeymoon when they were attacked last summer. The Mullanys, from Swansea, South Wales, were the victims of a violent attack at the Cocos Hotel and Resort on the south-west of the holiday isle on 27 July.
 
Mrs Mullany, 31, a doctor, died instantly in what is believed to have been a botched robbery at their isolated cottage at the beachside resort. Her husband, a trainee physiotherapist who was also 31, died in hospital in Swansea after being flown home while in a coma.

Martin and Howell also face three further murder charges after a Scotland Yard forensics team, which was sent to help the troubled Antiguan force after the killings last summer, found evidence linking the Mullany murders with three unsolved cases.

They were charged with the murders of two local men, Tony Louisa and Rafique Kareem Harris, and Juanita Anderson Walker, on 18 June, 12 July and 8 August, 2008, respectively.

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