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SUBMARINE MURDER

Tuesday April 12th, 2011
SUBMARINE MURDER CHARGE
Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan has appeared in court charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder following a shooting aboard a nuclear submarine. The sailor is charged with shooting dead Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, 36, of Wigan, Greater Manchester on HMS Astute while it was docked in Southampton on 8 April. Lt Cdr Christopher Hodge, who was also shot, is still in hospital.
22 year old Donovan 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, and will appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday 13th April.
It is alleged that the defendant shot rounds from an SA80 rifle during a visit to the submarine by local dignitaries including the city councilís mayor.
Chief prosecutor for Hampshire Crown Prosecution Service, Nick Hawkins said, 'Because the defendant is a serviceman he also falls under the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces... The Armed Forces do have jurisdiction but during the course of the weekend I had discussions with the director of service prosecutions and we are in agreement this case is to be properly tried in the civilian courts.'
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