South West Wales

Mullany murder trial: Memories of honeymooners who died

Ben and Catherine Mullany
Image caption Mr Mullany was a student physiotherapist, and his wife, a doctor at Swansea's Morriston Hospital

Friends of Ben and Catherine Mullany have shared their memories of the couple following the conviction of two men for their murder in Antigua.

The newly-weds, who were both 31 and from Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, were shot on their honeymoon in 2008.

Retired consultant paediatrician, who worked with Mrs Mullany at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, said she was a "very able doctor".

Mr Mullany's former head teacher Phil Davies said he was "very popular".

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, were found guilty of both murders after a two-month trial and will be sentenced in September.

Mr Mullany, a student physiotherapist, and his wife, a doctor, died after being shot in the back of the head.

Consultant paediatrician Mr Evans worked with Mrs Mullany in the children's department at Singleton Hospital, and knows her parents.

Following the verdicts, he told BBC Wales: "Catherine was a local girl and went to school with my own children.

"She was a very able doctor who would have been an excellent children's doctor, and her vocation was to train for general practice.

"She was planning to work in a local practice in Skewen. She would have been an excellent GP. She worked very well with our children and their parents, had a great deal of tact, a great deal of knowledge and had a very sensitive side to her as well, which added up to being a complete doctor really."

Phil Davies was Mr Mullany's former head teacher at Godre'r Graig Primary School, near Swansea.

He described his former pupil as an excellent athlete.

He said: "I'm delighted there's been a closure after such a long time, and that these evil men will be put away, I hope, forever.

"They had so much to give society, I feel. Catherine was due to start as a GP and Ben was taking on a course as a physiotherapist."

He said people locally could not "comprehend" what had happened, and "one could only feel for both sets of parents".

In remembering Mr Mullany, he added: "Ben was a really handsome young lad, very quiet unassuming boy, very popular boy, very well mannered.

"He was an excellent athlete, a very fast runner, very good rugby player.

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