London: British police charged a Royal Navy
officer with murder after a fellow officer was shot dead on a
British nuclear-powered submarine, the country`s prosecution
Ryan Donovan, 22, was also charged with three counts of
attempted murder following Friday`s incident on board the HMS
Astute, Britain`s most advanced submarine.
The attack claimed the life of Lieutenant Commander Ian
Molyneux, 36. Lieutenant Commander Chris Hodge, 45, was in a
stable condition in hospital yesterday.
The shootings happened as local politicians were being
shown around the vessel during its five-day visit to the port
of Southampton, on the south coast of England.
"I...have authorised them (the police) to charge Ryan
Samuel Donovan with Ian Molyneux`s murder and with the
attempted murder of Christopher Brown, David McCoy, and
Christopher Hodge," said Nick Hawkins, chief prosecutor for
the Wessex service, which covers Southampton.
Royston Smith, leader of the local council, tackled the
gunman before he could empty his SA80 rifle.
HMS Astute, which is almost 100 metres long, was launched
by Prince Charles` wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in
June 2007 but was only deployed in August last year.