Saturday, July 11, 2009

Murdered couple's photo apology

A US company has apologised after featuring a Welsh couple murdered on their Caribbean honeymoon as "happy customers" - a year after their deaths. Friends of Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31 were shocked to see a photo of them being used with false names to advertise internet company MyDishBiz. The couple, from Pontardawe, near Swansea, were shot dead at their holiday bungalow on Antigua last July.

The company has removed the photo and apologised to both families. The picture used on the site was taken in the run-up to the couple's wedding near their south Wales home a year ago this weekend. Next to the picture of the smiling couple was a false testimonial from "Frank and Mary from New York".

The photo was downloaded from an internet tribute to the couple murdered two weeks after their wedding a year ago then used alongside the bogus testimonial. The testimonial said: "We have made $1,080 alone with your MyDishBiz internet business opportunity. "We are very happy with this program. This is the best opportunity we've ever seen on line. Thanks again."

Internet company MyDishBiz based in Wintersville, Ohio, has removed the photograph and apologised. A spokesman said: "We are trying to track down who sent the testimonial and picture for inclusion on our website. It may have been a disgruntled affiliate or someone who has a very warped sense of humour. Deepest apologies are extended to the families of the victims. Our company did not knowingly include the picture of the deceased on our website."

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