Parents of Ben and Catherine Mullany welcome new jail term for their killer
THE parents of Ben and Catherine Mullany have welcomed a new jail term for one of their killers.
The Mullanys, from Pontardawe, were shot in their hotel room in Antigua on their honeymoon.
Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin were convicted of their murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Howell, 23, has now been given another four years for burglary.
He was sentenced at the High Court in Antigua last week.
The court heard he committed the crime just weeks before murdering Mr and Mrs Mullany.
A family friend of Mr Mullany is reported as saying: "The news of Avie Howell's latest conviction did come as a bit of a surprise to the family as they did not know he had carried out other crimes in the run up to the murders.
"We simply don't know if he had been caught for the break-in he would have been behind bars when Ben and Cath were on honeymoon.
"It's too difficult to think about.
"But Ben's parents welcomed the fact that Howell has been brought to justice again."
Howell carried out a raid at a home in the Browns Avenue area of the island between June 1 and 2, 2008.
Four weeks later Howell and Martin burst into Mr and Mrs Mullany's chalet at the Cocos Hotel.
The 31-year-olds were both shot in the head while their killers made off with some of their possessions.
Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died instantly.
Her student physiotherapist husband - who was studying his degree at the University of West England, Bristol - was flown home on a life support machine but died a week following the shooting.
Following the murders, the Mullany Fund charity was launched to help inspire and support young people into careers in medicine.