Page last updated at 18:14 GMT, Friday, 29 August 2008 19:14 UK

Antigua murders policeman sacked

Catherine and Ben Mullany
Catherine and Ben Mullany had been married for just two weeks

The Canadian who was in charge of the inquiry into the honeymoon murders of a south Wales couple in Antigua has confirmed he has been fired.

Antiguan Police Commissioner Gary Nelson said Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer had relieved him of his duties.

He was appointed earlier this year by the Antiguan government as it faced a spate of violent crimes on the island.

He led the investigation into the murders of Catherine and Ben Mullany, who were both 31 and from Pontardawe.

Mr Nelson, a former senior officer in Ottawa, was appointed to reform the force on the Caribbean island but reportedly complained when he arrived that the police headquarter had no running water, no working fax machines and no radios for patrols.

He is said to have brought three Canadian Mounties with him when he joined.

Mr Nelson said: "I have been fired. I will be making a statement later."

Coma

Mr and Mrs Mullany, from Pontardawe, south Wales, were shot on 27 July at the Cocos Hotel and Resort on the south west of the island.

Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died instantly. Her husband, also 31 and a trainee physiotherapist, died a week later after he was flown home in a coma to a hospital in Swansea.

A woman charged in connection with the killings was granted bail by magistrates in the Antiguan capital of St John's.

Bail for Ramona Mejia Gervasio, 32, who is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and receiving stolen goods, was set at the equivalent of around 2,000.

Keniel Martin, 20, and a 17 year-old youth have been charged with the couple's murder, robbery and receiving stolen goods, and are in custody.

A view from the hotel cottage in Antigua where Ben and Catherine Mullany were shot
The couple were on the final day of their honeymoon

Two other women have been charged with offences connected to the murders and remain in custody.

Dr Mullany and her husband, a trainee physiotherapist, were shot in their holiday cottage on the last day of their honeymoon on 27 July.

A funeral service for the couple is taking place at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff at 1200 BST on 10 September to allow extended family members, friends and colleagues to pay their respects.

They were buried in a private ceremony believed to have taken place at St John the Evangelist Church in Cilybebyll, the church where they were married on 12 July.





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