Nuclear submarine shooting: Sailor Ryan Donovan remanded

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Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan
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Mr Donovan has also been charged with three counts of attempted murder

A sailor charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder after a shooting on board a nuclear submarine has been remanded in custody.

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan, 22, of Dartford, Kent, was remanded to return to Winchester Crown Court on 10 June.

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

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

There was no application for bail from Mr Donovan.

The Royal Navy serviceman, of Hillside Road, 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.

The charges follow an incident last Friday in which shots were fired from an SA80 rifle as local dignitaries, including the city council's mayor, chief executive and leader, were being given a tour of HMS Astute.

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Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux was "utterly devoted to his family"

Nick Hawkins, prosecuting, said that the case could have been handled internally by the armed forces but it had been agreed it would be held in the civilian courts.

Lt Cdr Molyneux's widow, Gillian, described the father of four as "utterly devoted to his family".

HMS Astute left Southampton on Monday to return to its base on the River Clyde at Faslane, Scotland.

The submarine was berthed at the Eastern Docks on a five-day official visit.

The 97m (318ft)-long craft is the UK's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine.

It was named and launched by the Duchess of Cornwall in June 2007 before being welcomed into the Royal Navy in August last year.

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