My husband lived for submarines. Now I want to meet the sailor who shot him dead: The humbling compassion of a grieving widow

By Gill Molyneux

The last time Gill Molyneux saw her husband Ian was just after Christmas as he walked out of the door of their modern, four-bedroom home full of photographs and toys and all the usual paraphernalia of family life.

The last time Gill Molyneux saw her husband Ian was just after Christmas as he walked out of the door of their modern, four-bedroom home full of photographs and toys and all the usual paraphernalia of family life.

Ian, a submariner, didn’t say goodbye –he never did –because he said he would always be back. Only this time he did not return.

My husband lived for submarines. Now I want to meet the sailor who shot him dead: The humbling compassion of a grieving widow - Gill Molyneux in The Mail on Sundayoverlay
The original article featured in The Mail on Sunday

On April 8, just three weeks shy of completing a six-month stint at sea, Lieutenant Commander Molyneux was murdered on board the nuclear submarine HMS Astute as he tried to stop a young Able Seaman, Ryan Donovan, from unleashing a massacre.

Last week at Winchester Crown Court, it was revealed that Donovan was drunk and resentful over a row about cleaning when he fired seven shots from an SA80 rifle. Donovan had already tried to shoot two crew members before Lieut Cmdr Molyneux attempted to wrestle him to the ground.

He was shot in the front of the head and died instantly. Donovan calmly stepped over him and shot another officer in the abdomen before he was eventually restrained by a local dignitary touring the submarine while it was docked at Southampton.

View the full story featured in The Mail on Sunday here

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