A sailor shot himself in the head on board a Royal Navy warship after suffering 'bullying' banter from superior officers about the loss of his friend who also committed suicide on a naval ship, an inquest heard.
Engineering Technician Samuel 'Ricky' Hatton killed himself using a rifle on board the minehunter HMS Cattistock, berthed at Portsmouth on September 12, 2010. The inquest heard that the 20-year-old had been hit hard by the death of Matthew Webster, who had shot himself on board another minehunter.
The hearing was told that in the days prior to his death, ET Hatton, who lived in Southampton, had received comments from senior colleagues asking: "Not shot yourself yet?" The inquest continues.
The Portsmouth coroner has made two recommendations to the Royal Navy after a sailor shot himself.
The inquest into the death of a sailor who killed himself on board a warship has continued today with evidence from his colleagues.
An inquest into the death of a sailor on board a Navy warship at Portsmouth has been told that he killed himself after being 'bullied'.