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A British couple honeymooning on an exotic island were forced to kneel beside their beds before they were shot by two robbers – all for a small amount of cash, a camera and two mobile phones.

A British coroner has ruled the deaths of Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, on the island of Antigua were “unlawful killings”.

The couple were given the trip to the island in the West Indies as a gift from their families, only to be shot in their luxury chalet at the Cocos Hotel on the final night of their holiday on July 27, 2008.

Keniel Martin  leaves the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda in St John's, Antigua,  where he stands accused along with Avie Howell of the murder of Britons Ben and Catherine Mullany in July 2008.Guilty … Keniel Martin. Photo: AP

Mrs Mullany died in the chalet, while Mr Mullany died a week after he was flown back to their home of Swansea, Wales.

The inquest heard that Mrs Mullany, a doctor who was training to be a GP, and Mr Mullany, a student physiotherapist and former soldier and policeman, were innocent victims, the BBC reported.

“Both were forced to kneel to the side of the bed and were shot in the back of the head,” South Wales Police PC Emma Warner told the inquest.

“Three spent cartridges were found on the floor of their chalet and there was damage to the bathroom door where it had been kicked in.

“The safe was open and property had been taken, including a quantity of cash, a digital camera and two mobile phones.”

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, were charged soon after the killings and were convicted of murder after a trial in Antigua in July. They are due to be sentenced next week.

Coroner Philip Rogers said the shooting was a “tragic and sad event”.

“They were both shot at the same time in the course of the robbery at their chalet.

“Ben and Catherine’s parents have been through a great deal in the past three years waiting for the killers to be brought to justice.

“There is only one verdict – that they were unlawfully killed.”

The Daily Mail reported the couple’s family released a statement saying: “Ben and Cath will live on in our hearts forever.”

The murders of the Mullanys was a huge news story in Britain in 2008, as Mrs Mullany was the first visitor to be killed on the island in more than a decade.

The shootings came in the middle of a huge crime wave on the island.

“We’ve had killings before but not like this – not visitors,” Assistant Superintendent Chas Tanet told The Guardian at the time.

“It’s shocking. It’s not a thing you want to see happen ever again.

NOTE-Same should be done to the killers. Execute them in the street…

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