News: Inquest hears how ‘very likeable, bubbly’ Royal Marine died of gunshot wound while on duty on board Navy ship

News: Inquest hears how ‘very likeable, bubbly’ Royal Marine died of gunshot wound while on duty on board Navy ship

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An on-duty Royal Marine from Lincolnshire shot himself after breaking up with his girlfriend, an inquest heard.

James Oliver Roe Holloway, 25, from Chapel Street, Billingborough, near Sleaford, died on October 30, 2017 – and was found on the bridge of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Rosalie.

The incident happened when Mr Holloway was on guard duty in the early morning.

A hearing in Lincoln today, Thursday, May 16 heard the ship had been docked at Port Rashid, in Dubai, since October 20.  

Mr Holloway had previously been on shore leave for a week with his girlfriend in a hotel.

But the hearing was told that she had ended the relationship.

Quoting from the pathologists report, Richard Marshall, assistant coroner for Lincolnshire, said: “There was a single gunshot wound to the head.

“The injuries were non-survivable. Nothing could have been done to save his life.

“The features of the wound strongly support a self-inflicted wound to the head.”

The statement of Victoria Palframan, a friend and former flatmate from Lincolnshire who had known him since secondary school, was read out by a coroner’s officer.

Ms Palframan – who was in attendance along with members of Mr Holloway’s family – said that she had tried to raise concerns, along with his mum, after receiving a message from him to say they trusted him to have “live ammunition and a rifle for 90 minutes at a time”.

 

She added: “He was allowed firearms without knowing his state of mind.

“James was just an emotional person and blamed himself when things did not work out.

“When he broke up with his first girlfriend, he had people like me.

“It was all just macho banter there. The only place to go was the pastor but not everyone would want to talk to a religious person.

“He gave the relationship his all like he did everything. He wanted to be the best at whatever he did.

“He thought that his relationship was not working.

“He texted me but did not give any information.”

A number of written statements from those who were on board the ship at the time were read out at the hearing.

One was from Corporal Thomas Fowkes, who said: “At approximately 2.50am I was awoken. I arrived on the bridge and saw the body of Marine Holloway.”

Another written statement from Marine Daniel Hilton said: “I thought he was dealing with the break up in his own way.

“James was a very likeable, bubbly lad.”

 

Room-mate on the ship, Marine Jack Kanali, gave evidence and described his mood as “sombre” when he returned from shore leave.

He also said it was “out of character for him to drink” – but when he attended a celebration, the Royal Marine Corps birthday, on October 28, he had four cans of Fosters and a shot of port.

Marine Kanali added: “We were aware he had a girlfriend. We came to a decision to cover his shifts so he could have a week’s shore leave which ended a couple of days before the incident. He was getting a taxi to meet her at the airport.

“He was booked into a hotel. I did not see him for the week he was on leave.

“When he came back he was in a sombre mood, looking down and it came out a few days later. He was not awfully forthcoming for obvious reasons.

 

“I tried to converse. He was untalkative.

“There was no indication that he was going to take the action that he did. We had confidence in each other.

“Because of the nature of the deployment it was a very close unit. The chain of command were very approachable. It is very close quarters. We have to get close to each other.

“In that regard, we are a very close-knit team.

“There was not a bravado culture. If there was an issue, we are all adult enough to address it.”

A statement from Robert Griffiths, a forensic scientist, read out to the hearing, said that the weapon used was an assault rifle which would require 8.32 pounds of pressure to pull the trigger.

The inquest continues.



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