Page last updated at 14:25 GMT, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:25 UK

Honeymoon couple's private burial

Catherine and Ben Mullany
Catherine was killed and Ben Mullany died later in hospital in Swansea

Murdered Antigua honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany have been buried.

Their families said they decided to lay the pair to rest during a private service in Wales.

They said they were planning to hold a funeral service at a later date to allow extended family members, friends and colleagues to pay their respects.

The newly-weds, both 31 and from Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, were shot in their hotel cottage on 27 July - the last day of their holiday.

They were attacked in what police think was a robbery which went wrong.

Memorial fund

In statement issued through South Wales Police, their families said: "A private burial service for our children Ben and Catherine was held earlier today.

"It was our wish that the burial was held in private and we thank the media for respecting our privacy.

"We are currently making plans together for a funeral service which will allow extended family members, friends and colleagues of Ben and Catherine to pay their respects.

"It is the families' intention for the media to be facilitated at this service, details of which will be confirmed in due course.

"In the meantime, the media are asked to continue to respect our wishes to be able to grieve in private and to try and come to terms with the terrible events of the past few weeks."

The family are requesting no flowers as details of a memorial fund will be announced in due course.

Catherine Mullany, who was training to become a GP, was killed instantly after being shot in the head.

Her husband, a University of the West of England physiotherapy student, died a week later after being airlifted to hospital in Swansea in a critical condition.

Several people have been questioned in connection with their deaths but no arrests have been made.

The coroner for Swansea, Philip Rogers, released the bodies for burial at the opening of the inquest into their deaths on Tuesday.

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