Accused Portsmouth teenager ‘stabbed women to death in a video game’

The accused, Ben Moynihan. Below, police probe one of the stabbing scenes at Hilsea Lines

The accused, Ben Moynihan. Below, police probe one of the stabbing scenes at Hilsea Lines

Poppy the cat, who was found beheaded in Southsea

Owner of beheaded cat sets up appeal for charity which helped family

0
Have your say

THE teenager accused of attempted murder stabbed women to death in a violent video game, a court heard.

Ben Moynihan described how he picked up women in a vehicle, drove them to secluded locations and stabbed them to death in the Xbox game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

141936-156_HILSEA_LINE_29/6/14''Police search woods in Hilsea Lines, Hilsea Portsmouth where a woman was stabbed.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141936-917) PPP-140629-201203003

141936-156_HILSEA_LINE_29/6/14''Police search woods in Hilsea Lines, Hilsea Portsmouth where a woman was stabbed.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141936-917) PPP-140629-201203003

And he played the game Tomb Raider while he was a toddler, he claimed in a police interview read to jurors at Winchester Crown Court.

The 18-year-old is accused of attempted murder over three stabbings in the north of Portsmouth last summer.

Under questioning from detectives, Moynihan said: ‘On my Xbox I had a game called San Andreas.

‘I used to pick up women, take them to isolated areas and stab them to death.’

His interview transcript was read by prosecutor Kerry Maylin in court. In it, Moynihan told detectives he played other games set in prisons on a tablet in his living room.

‘I kill policemen in that game as well,’ it said.

It comes after jurors heard three women were stabbed by Moynihan last year.

The women, aged 20, 45, and 67, were attacked in separate attacks and received wounds after the knife cut through clothes and skin in the chest area. None of the wounds went into the chest cavity.

The attacks on June 20, June 29 and July 11 happened in Southampton Road, Wymering; Foxes Forest, and an alleyway connecting Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.

Jurors heard Moynihan left a letter at the scene of the third stabbing calling himself the ‘unhappy geezer’ and said he picked women as targets because he was a virgin.

Of the attacks, he said: ‘I had no sexual excitement.’

Jurors heard from a custody nurse, mental health nurse and doctor who assessed Moynihan, who showed features of autistic spectrum disorder, after he was arrested on July 13.

Dr John Kent’s assessment, read by Ms Maylin, said: ‘He had little understanding of the impact of his behaviour.’

Experts also said Moynihan showed a lack of empathy but understood the charges and evidence against him and was both fit for trial and to give evidence in court.

Moynihan denies three counts of attempted murder and the alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but admits wounding.

Proceeding

More coverage

Solidarity walk in Portsmouth after stabbing inspired teenager accused of attempted murder

‘Those three were not the only times I took out a knife - I had it out ready’

Teenager stabbed women because he ‘felt worthless’

Portsmouth attacks trial hears defendant told police: ‘Yeah, I confess to the stabbings.’

‘I looked down and there was blood... he had stabbed me’

Portsmouth stab victims tell court of attacks in attempted murder trial

Stabbing accused said he looked for ‘blood and pain’

Court told teenager stabbed women ‘because he could not lose his virginity’

Back to the top of the page