Page last updated at 16:24 GMT, Monday, 18 August 2008 17:24 UK

Two charged with Antigua murders

A man and a youth appeared in court in Antigua charged with the murders of Ben and Catherine Mullany.

A man and a youth have been charged with the murders of honeymoon couple Catherine and Ben Mullany on Antigua.

Keniel Martin, 20, and a 17-year-old boy, appeared in court on the Caribbean island, and are also charged with robbery and receiving stolen goods.

The two have been remanded in custody. Two women have also been charged in connection with handling stolen goods.

Dr Mullany and her husband, both 31 and from Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, were shot on 27 July.

The families of the couple said they were pleased with the progress of the investigation.

Police had been questioning the man and the youth over the weekend after raids on their homes.

They appeared on Monday before magistrates in St John's, the capital of Antigua and were remanded in custody.

It emerged in court that police had recovered a camera and two mobile phones belonging to the couple.

Dr Mullany was killed instantly and her husband died after he was airlifted back to south Wales.

27 July: Catherine Mullany is shot dead and her husband Ben is critically injured in attack at their cottage at Cocos Hotel at around 5am
31 July: As Antigua's prime minister calls for Scotland Yard help, it emerges Mr Mullany will be flown home
2 August: Mr Mullany arrives in Cardiff and is transferred to a Swansea hospital; five UK detectives arrive in Antigua
13 August: The Mullanys are buried in a private ceremony
18 August: A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old are charged with murder

The couple were staying at the Cocos Hotel and Resort on the south west of the island when they were attacked at about 5am local time.

They had married just two weeks before.

The couple were buried in a private ceremony last Wednesday.

Their families said after the burial that they were planning to hold a funeral service at a later date to allow extended family members, friends and colleagues to pay their respects.

Eight British officers have flown to Antigua to assist with the murder inquiry.

Dr Mullany was training to become a GP, and her husband was a physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Stolen items

Two women, aged 32 and 22, appeared before the chief magistrates on the Caribbean island on Thursday morning. It is believed they are accused of handling items which were stolen from the couple.

More than 30 people have been questioned in connection with the shootings.

South Wales Police said the families of the couple had been told of the arrests and charges in Antigua.

In a statement, issued via the force, the families said: "We were informed this morning of the news from Antigua and we are pleased at how the investigation is progressing."

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