Captain Phil Buckley, Royal Navy
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Submarine Astute killing: Lessons learnt, says Royal Navy

A navy officer was unlawfully killed by a junior rating on board a nuclear submarine, a coroner has said.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 23, shot Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, 36, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, at close range on HMS Astute in Southampton.

He had been on a two-day drinking binge before the attack in April 2011.

Recording a narrative verdict, Coroner Keith Wiseman said he would recommend that random breath testing for Royal Navy personnel be implemented.

Captain Phil Buckley paid tribute to Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, adding that the Royal Navy had "learnt lessons".

  • 14 Jan 2013
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