Trial of Men Accused of Slaughtering Honeymooners in Antigua Set for Early June


The couple was murdered shortly after they had wed in 2008 and visited the Caribbean island for their honeymoon. Both Catherine – a qualified doctor – and her husband – a student physiotherapist – who are from Pontardawe, were shot while in their hotel cabin at the Cocos Hotel on 27th July, 2008.

While Catherine died instantly, Ben was on life-support before being flown back to Morriston Hospital in Swansea where he died an approximate week later.

The couple were buried in the grounds of the church they had married in a little over a month previously.

In confirming the trial, the South Wales Police indicated via a statement that, “The Ben and Catherine Mullaney murder trial is due to commence in Antigua on 1st June, 2011.”

“South Wales Police has supported the investigation into their deaths and trained family liaison officers have continued to support the families and keep them updated on events both in the UK and Antigua.”

Family members of the late couple are expected to travel to Antigua for the trial and the media has been asked to respect their wishes of privacy during this period of difficulty.

The men accused of murdering the couple are reportedly also accused of committing three other murders. They are also accused of killing mechanic Tony Louisa, 43, student Rafique Kareem Harris, 24, and Woneta Anderson Walker, a 43-year-old shopkeeper.

(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a BBC report)



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