‘I felt very scared’ – ordeal of 20-year-old victim of Ben Moynihan

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One of the women who fell victim to Portsmouth teenager Ben Moynihan during his campaign of stabbing attacks has told of her trauma.

In a statement after Moynihan was jailed for 21 years, the 20-year-old said: ‘In the days and weeks immediately after the attack I felt very scared.

A custody photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of Ben Moynihan

A custody photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of Ben Moynihan

I couldn’t go out on my own, I just wanted to stay inside. It was impossible to escape the news reports and talk of the stabbings on Facebook.

I kept reading the comments, some of which made me upset and angry.

I desperately wanted to speak out as this was about me but I knew I couldn’t.

There is also the physical pain of the injury.

I often get flashbacks of that dreadful night and when I’m walking alone I have to keep looking back behind me just in case someone is there

I have been suffering with chest pains which I am receiving treatment for and may be as a result of psychological trauma.

Hopefully he gets the help that is needed mentally.

I often get flashbacks of that dreadful night and when I’m walking alone I have to keep looking back behind me just in case someone is there.

I don’t trust strangers – I often look at where their hands are placed.

Being the first victim of this attack has made me less confident.

I don’t do a lot of things that I used to do.

It took me weeks and weeks to go out alone for the first time.

I’ve not once walked past the area I got stabbed.

I hope the other ladies are doing okay and hope to eventually be able to meet them.

My family and partner have supported me 100 per cent and I am so thankful for that.

I have listened to some of the evidence in court and to hear what he has said about the attacks and watch his home video really affected me.

Once he is behind bars I’ll finally be able to relax.’

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