Royal Navy serviceman from Dartford due in court charged with murder and attempted murder

PUBLISHED: 08:58 11 April 2011

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux's wife Gillian said he would live on in their children

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux's wife Gillian said he would live on in their children


A Royal Navy serviceman is due to appear in court today charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder following a shooting on board nuclear submarine HMS Astute.

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan, 22, of Hillside Road, Dartford, is expected to appear before Southampton Magistrates Court.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, 36, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, was shot dead on the submarine while it was docked in Southampton on Friday.

A second man, Lt Cdr Christopher Hodge, was also shot and remains in hospital.

Hampshire Police confirmed he has also been charged with the attempted murders of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, 36, Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, 37, and Lt Cdr Hodge, 45, Hampshire Police said.

Nick Hawkins, chief Crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: “Having reviewed the evidence, I am satisfied that there is sufficient to charge [Mr Donovan] and that it is in the public interest to do so.”

On Saturday, Lt Cdr Molyneux’s widow, Gillian, paid an emotional tribute to her husband, describing the father of four as “utterly devoted to his family”.

The 97m (318ft)-long craft is the UK’s newest nuclear-powered attack submarine and is based at the Faslane Naval Base on the River Clyde.

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