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Mullany Antigua murder trial: Accused recorded on phone

The jury in the trial of two men accused of killing a honeymoon couple in Antigua has heard recordings retrieved from the dead man's phone.

Ben and Catherine Mullany, from Swansea valley, were shot in their hotel chalet on the Caribbean island in 2008.

The court heard recordings from Mr Mullany's mobile, stolen after his death, including a conversation between the accused Kaniel Martin and a friend.

Mr Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, deny murder.

The recordings were played at the end of a long speech from Antigua's chief prosecutor Anthony Armstrong.

In one recording, Mr Martin is heard talking to a female friend while in others he is singing.

Mr Mullany, a student physiotherapist, and Mrs Mullany, a doctor, were shot in the five-star Cocos Hotel on 27 July, 2008, just over two weeks after they were married.

Mrs Mullany died instantly and her husband was placed on a life-support machine.

He was flown back to Morriston Hospital in Swansea but died a week later.

Unsworn statement

Previously, the prosecutor had criticised the defendants' failure to give evidence in the trial.

Mr Armstrong described Mr Howell's silence as deafening, and said an unsworn statement by Kaniel Martin was lies.

Mobile phone evidence heard during the trial had put Mr Martin in the area of the Mullanys' hotel at the time of the shootings.

The defendant said he had gone there to use the beach.

The court has been told that DNA, ballistics and mobile phone evidence pointed to Mr Martin and Mr Howell who also deny killing a local woman, Wonita Anderson.

During the eight-week trial the jury has heard from about 90 witnesses, all called by the prosecution.

The defence offered no evidence other than denials.

On Friday, the defence team is expected to make its final speeches as the trial draws to a close.

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