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  • 21 June 2014, 10:49

Captured Honeymoon Killer Dies From Wounds

An escaped murderer who had been jailed for life for killing a British couple on their Caribbean honeymoon has died after being shot by police.

Acting on a tip-off, Antiguan police officers tracked Avie Howell, 24, to a rural parish just south of the capital of St John's where a "confrontation" broke out on Friday morning.

Howell was shot and died in hospital about three hours later at midday local time on Friday. The shooting took place in the parish of St Mary.

Howell had absconded from Antigua's jail on Thursday.

In 2011, Howell was sentenced to life in prison alongside accomplice Kaniel Martin for the murders of Ben and Catherine Mullany three years earlier.

The Mullanys, from South Wales, were attacked in their hotel room on the holiday island.

The couple, both aged 31, had been married for little more than a fortnight.

Howell escaped from Her Majesty's Prison on the island, along with Kenroy Laurie Marshall, who had been detained on fraud charges.

Police said both were considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Howell and Martin broke into Mr and Mrs Mullany's chalet at the Cocos Hotel in a dawn raid in July 2008.

The couple, who lived in Rhos, near Pontardawe, were both shot in the head before their killers made off with their phones, a digital camera and cash.

Mrs Mullany, a doctor, died instantly. Her husband, a physiotherapy student, was flown home on a life-support machine.

The former South Yorkshire Police officer died a week after the shooting, despite the best efforts of his wife's colleagues at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

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