Antigua shooting victim flown home

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  • Ben Mullany, shot in Antigua while honeymooning, flown home

    Ben Mullany, who is fighting for his life after being shot whilst on honeymoon in Antigua, is being flown back to Britain today.

    The British holidaymaker was shot during a failed robbery of his holiday cottage in which his new wife Catherine Mullany, a doctor, was shot in the head and killed. He was left in a coma with a bullet wound to the head and neck.

    The couple were reaching the end of their two-week trip to Antigua when they were attacked at their cottage in a bungled robbery.

    The 31-year-old is attached to a ventilator and doctors have described him as ‘brain dead’, with one senior surgeon predicting his diagnosis as ‘poor’.

    The decision to fly Mr Mullany home was made after the doctor treating him in Antigua explained: ‘He is not deteriorating or progressing, he is still the same. We have done the best we can and now hope for a medical miracle – we never know, it could happen,’ he said.

    The doctor added that he ‘had no idea’ whether or transporting Mr Mullany to a British hospital would make a difference to his condition or not.

    It is thought he will be transferred to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff or Morriston Hospital in Swansea, near to where his parents live.

    Police have questioned at least a dozen people in connection with the murder and attempted murder, but there are no official suspects. A reward has been put out for over £60,000 for information on the attack.

    Antigua’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said: ‘We will just keep plugging away until we catch the perpetrator. We have four teams working very hard on it. We have pulled in officers from other sections to assist us so I am optimistic that we will be successful.’

    The Prime Minister has also requested assistance from Scotland Yard. The Foreign Office in London is considering the appeal and a verdict is expected today.

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