Trainee GP murdered on her honeymoon
By Steve Nowottny
A newly married GP trainee has been shot and killed while on her honeymoon in the Caribbean.
Catherine Mullany, nee Bowen, died after the shooting on Antigua on Sunday. Her husband Benjamin is intensive care.
Dr Bowen, from the Swansea area of south Wales, was training to be a GP and had been due to return to work at the Paediatric Department of the Singleton Hospital in Swansea today.
According to reports from Antiguan police, Dr Bowen and her husband had been staying at the Cocos Hotel and Restaurant in the south west of the island. Visitors in a neighbouring cottage heard shots at around 0500 local time and raised the alarm.
A police spokesman said they believed the attack was a robbery gone wrong.
‘Several shots were fired and 31 year-old Catherine Bowen was killed on the spot. Her husband Benjamin Mullany, also aged 31, is in critical condition in Holberton Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.'
Staff at the Singleton Hospital were said to be ‘shocked and devastated' by the news.
Paediatric consultant and clinical director Mike Cosgrove said: ‘We are all completely devastated. She was an excellent doctor and a lovely person, and an extremely popular member of staff.'
‘She had so looked forward to her wedding; she had talked about it for months. Nobody can believe what has happened.'
Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA's Welsh Council, said he was ‘deeply saddened'.
‘We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to her family, friends and colleagues who are left behind to grieve. We share in your sorrow, and our heartfelt thoughts are with you at this difficult time.'
'To be killed whilst on honeymoon - at the start of married life - is appalling, shocking and tragic. To her husband we wish a speedy and complete recovery.'