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MURDER COUPLE USED IN WEB AD; Friends' fury at blunder.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

AN internet firm has sparked outrage by using a picture of two murdered British honeymooners to promote itself.

Relatives and friends of Ben and Catherine Mullany were astounded to see a smiling photo of the pair being used alongside false names by MyDishBiz.

A bogus testimonial put alongside it by the US firm says: "We have made $1,080 alone with your mydishbiz internet business opportunity."

Trainee physiotherapist Ben and doctor Catherine, both 31, were shot during a bungled robbery at their chalet on the Caribbean island of Antigua. A friend said yesterday: "You can just imagine how upsetting this is for everyone who knew Ben and Catherine.

"It is a year this weekend since they got married and they looked so happy in the photographs together.

"How can someone be so callous to use their photo as a business opportunity. It is offensive and incredibly insensitive."

Ben and Catherine's family in Pontardawe, near Swansea, are also said to be most upset the picture was used.

Ohio-based MyDishBiz yesterday removed the photo. A spokesman said: "We are trying to find who sent the testimonial and picture to our website.

"It may be someone with a very warped sense of humour. Deepest apologies to the families of the victims."

Avie Howell, 18, and Kaniel Martin, 21, are due to stand trial in Antigua accused of murdering the couple.

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Date:Jul 11, 2009
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