Coroners verdict in murder of Navy Officer

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Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, aged 23shot Lt Cdr Molyneux, 36at close range on HMS Astute in Southampton.  He had been on a two-day drinking binge.  Donovan pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life in September 2011 with a minimum term of 25 years.  He also admitted the attempted murders of three other officers.  Coroner Keith Wiseman said he would recommend that random breath testing for Royal Navy personnel be implemented.

During my service I can certainly say that there was a culture of drinking to excess amongst all ranks.  Sadly, this appears to have contributed to what occurred that day. 

My thoughts are with the wife of Lt Cdr Molyneux and her four children.

Grant Evatt
Senior Associate
Personal Injury team

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