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

Forensic officers examine the scene where one woman was stabbed in Cosham ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0459)
Forensic officers examine the scene where one woman was stabbed in Cosham ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0459)

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A 17-YEAR-OLD attempted to murder three women in random stabbing attacks because he could not lose his virginity, a court heard.

Ben Moynihan, now 18, of The Ridings, Portsmouth, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court charged with the attempted murder of the three women, aged 20, 45 and 67, which he denies.

The teenager also faces alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily which he also denies, but he admits wounding the three women in the three incidents which happened in the north area of Portsmouth in June and July last year.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said that Moynihan, who called himself the ‘unhappy geezer’, left two letters for the police confessing to his crimes in which he stated that ‘all women need to die’.

The letter, left on a police van, stated: ‘All women need to die and hopefully next time I can gouge their eyes out.

‘Come and arrest me for God’s sake before I hunt for my fourth victim.’

At the bottom of the letter, Moynihan had included a photograph of himself.

He was later arrested when police officers recognised him in the street from the picture and detained him. Another letter was found by a couple in which Moynihan described himself as ‘the unhappy geezer’.

It said: ‘When women won’t talk to you it’s heartbreaking, why are they fussy with men nowadays.’

It continued: ‘As I roam these streets, hungry for blood and pain, I am greeted with attack, attack, attack, attack. Dead. Jolly Good.’

At the bottom of the letter was a symbol from the video game Tomb Raider, Ms Maylin said.

She continued that after his arrest, Moynihan told a police officer: ‘It was not GBH, I was trying to kill them.’

In a video found on his laptop, Moynihan had filmed himself saying: ‘I think every girl is... fussy with men nowadays, they do not give boys like us a chance.

‘I am still a virgin, everyone is losing it before me, that’s why you are my chosen target.

‘I just can’t live in this flat, I have no future here.

‘So women, tell me how we should do this.’

Ms Maylin said he waved a knife at the camera as he continued saying: ‘Shall I stab you in the neck or in the heart, shall I slash your throat or should I just cigarette lighter you or just fire you.

‘I do not know where I could get petrol from but how hard can it be to come by.

‘So I hope you learn a lesson not to bully guys like us, we deserve dignity, for your own generations, remember.’

In another document, Moynihan had written: ‘I was planning to murder, mainly women, as an act of revenge because the life they gave me.

‘I am still a virgin at 17 and why do women have to be fussy with choosing a boyfriend or cheating on men with others?

‘I attack women because I grew up to believe them a more weaker part of the human breed.

‘I also done it to get out of this horrible life with more stress and to save myself and my family.

‘I am not a bad child and didn’t want to do this but had no choice.’

Ms Maylin said he also kept what he called a ‘diary of evil’ which detailed the attacks as well as a document listing his dreams which included dreams of violence against women and of killing.

Describing the attacks, Ms Maylin said: ‘Over three days in the summer of 2014, three women were randomly attacked by a stranger. They did not know each other and there is nothing to connect or link them to each other, they are all of different backgrounds, different social circles and significantly of different ages.’

Ms Maylin said that Moynihan used a 4.5-inch knife to carry out the attacks.

She said that the first victim was targeted on June 20 in Southampton Road as she walked to her partner’s house.

Ms Maylin said: ‘She was sending some form of message (on her phone) when she heard steps behind her and she saw a man stood really close, he was next to her.

‘She continued to walk and he matched her walking pace, he then turned towards her. She initially thought she had been punched, she was shocked. She saw he was waving a knife, she looked down at her chest and saw that she was bleeding.’

The second woman was attacked as she took her dog for a walk in Hilsea and the third victim was attacked in an alleyway near her home in the Wymering area.

She was to tell police that her reaction was: ‘Bloody hell, that’s that stabber.’

The trial was adjourned until tomorrow.