Southampton: Sailor given 25 year sentence after admitting murder on HMS Astute

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan was ordered to serve at least 25 years and 194 days at Winchester Crown Court for the murder of Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux while HMS Astute was docked in Southampton on April 8.

Donovan, 23, admitted murdering the father-of-four with an SA80 rifle while HMS Astute was docked.

Appearing at Winchester Crown Court today, he also admitted the attempted murders of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, 36, Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, 37, and Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, 45, during a goodwill visit to Southampton.


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