“A crewman,” starts the article, “who killed an officer in a gun rampage aboard a nuclear submarine told friends he was planning ‘a Grand Theft Auto-style massacre'”.
The story makes uncomfortable reading.
Ryan Donovan was jailed yesterday for 25 years for the murder of Lt Cmdr Molyneux and the attempted murder of others. He was talking days prior to the event about GTA, a game that the prosecutor in the case said involved “starting a massacre” and “racking up points by killing”.
Donovan committed the murder after a) a heavy night’s drinking and b) been given an SA80 rifle for guard duty. He was also ‘full of resentment’ after being told he would be punished for disobeying a direct order to clean the sub.
Twitter this morning has been full of discussion on the topic, and it’s yet another story linked to Rockstar’s headline-grabbing series.
Our thoughts go out to the families affected.