Portsmouth stabbings trial: Teenager found guilty of attempted murder

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A TEENAGER who said he targeted women because he was a virgin has been found guilty of attempted murder after carrying out three stabbing attacks on women in Portsmouth.

Ben Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Hilsea, was found guilty by jury at Winchester Crown Court after a six-day trial.

Ben Moynihan. Below, forensic officers at the scene of one of the attacks in Cosham

Ben Moynihan. Below, forensic officers at the scene of one of the attacks in Cosham

The case has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

To watch a police video interview about the trial click here

Earlier in the trial jurors were shown a video Moynihan recorded of himself at home.

In it he said: ‘I think every girl is a total slut.

STABBING COSHAM   (RS & CF)     MRW   11/7/2014  ''Scene of Crime Officers together with detectives and uniformed Police Officers at the scene of a crime in a pathway that goes between Northern Road in Cosham and Colwell Road Cosham 'Detectives made house-to-house enquiries as other officers checked bins, drains and garden areas ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0459) PPP-141107-221909003

STABBING COSHAM (RS & CF) MRW 11/7/2014 ''Scene of Crime Officers together with detectives and uniformed Police Officers at the scene of a crime in a pathway that goes between Northern Road in Cosham and Colwell Road Cosham 'Detectives made house-to-house enquiries as other officers checked bins, drains and garden areas ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0459) PPP-141107-221909003

‘I’m still a virgin, everyone is losing it before me, which is why you’re my chosen target.’

Waving a knife at the camera and then holding a lit cigarette lighter, he said: ‘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?’

Moynihan also kept a ‘diary of evil’ which prosecutor Kerry Maylin said detailed the attacks.

The teenager also left two letters for police, calling himself the unhappy geezer with a logo from the video game Tomb Raider in one and included a photograph of himself in another.

STABBING COSHAM   (RS & CF)     MRW   11/7/2014  ''Scene of Crime Officers together with detectives and uniformed Police Officers at the scene of a crime in a pathway that goes between Northern Road in Cosham and Colwell Road Cosham 'Detectives made house-to-house enquiries as other officers checked bins, drains and garden areas ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0585) PPP-141107-221715003

STABBING COSHAM (RS & CF) MRW 11/7/2014 ''Scene of Crime Officers together with detectives and uniformed Police Officers at the scene of a crime in a pathway that goes between Northern Road in Cosham and Colwell Road Cosham 'Detectives made house-to-house enquiries as other officers checked bins, drains and garden areas ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0585) PPP-141107-221715003

The three women, aged 20, 45 and 67, suffered single wounds that were described by medics as superficial wounds. The first two were around 2cm and the last around 1.5cm.

Each had been stabbed with a steak knife from his home in Hilsea.

The lone women were attacked on June 20 in Southampton Road, Foxes Forest on June 29, and in an alleyway connecting Northern Road and Colwell Road on July 11 last year.

A major manhunt was launched by Hampshire police after the attacks.

Moynihan was arrested by officers at Portsbridge Roundabout on July 13 after he was spotted by a constable who recognised Moynihan from a description.

When stopped by police he said: ‘Yeah, I confess to the stabbings.’

The court had also heard Moynihan practised stabbing a jacket but he did not say when he did this.

But giving evidence in the witness box he said he lied and exaggerated to police as he wanted to get locked up for 10 years.

Alastair Malcolm QC, defending, said it was a fantasy that he tried to kill the women.

The Hon Justice Mr Robert Jay had directed jurors to consider what Moynihan’s intent was at the time of carrying out the stabbings.

He had admitted wounding the women on the first day of the trial last Tuesday but denied three charges of attempted murder and denied alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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