Saturday, December 17, 2011
Two black men who executed a newlywed white British couple on their honeymoon have escaped the death penalty
Avie Howell, 21, and Kaniel Martin, 24, were jailed for life for the murder of newly-weds Dr Catherine Mullany and husband Ben, who were shot dead on the last night of their two-week Caribbean holiday. Dr Mullany and her husband, both, 31, were forced to kneel by their side of the bed then executed in their luxury hotel apartment on the island of Antigua in 2008. Howell and Martin - nicknamed Sample Dan and Demon - were found guilty of murder following a four week trial. Dr Mullany died almost instantly after she was shot in the back of the head during the robbery, Antigua's High Court in St John's heard. Mr Mullany, a student physiotherapist and former soldier and policeman, died a week later after he was flown back to Swansea to be placed on a life-support machine. The following month Martin and Howell were charged with their murders and that of 43-year-old shopkeeper Woneta Anderson. The pair were given three consecutive life sentences for the murders but the judge rejected calls for them to be executed. The trial was told how other holidaymakers at the Coco's Hotel and Resort in Antigua heard screams and gunfire. Police were called and found Catherine dead and physiotherapist Ben barely alive nearby. He tragically died after being flown home to Britain. A safe in the couple's chalet had been forced open and a small amount of cash taken.