Dartford sailor accused of murder on nuclear submarine due in crown court

PUBLISHED: 09:22 12 April 2011

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan


A Royal Navy sailor is due to appear in court for the second time charged with the murder of a crew member and attempted murders of three others on a nuclear submarine.

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan, 22, of Hillside Road, Dartford, is expected to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday after he was remanded in custody at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

During his first appearance he spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

He is charged with the murder of Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux, 36, who was fatally shot on board HMS Astute while it was docked in Southampton, Hampshire, on Friday.

Mr Donovan is also charged with the attempted murders of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, 36, Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, 37, and Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, 45.

HMS Astute has been cleared to leave Southampton and return to its base at Faslane, Scotland.

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