A TEENAGER accused of trying to murder three women had researched serial killer Ian Brady and left a letter at the scene of one stabbing saying ‘all women need to die’, a court has heard.
Ben Moynihan is accused of attempted murder over three stabbings of women on June 20, 29 and July 11 in the Cosham area of Portsmouth last year.
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin told jurors at Winchester Crown Court the 18-year-old left a letter calling himself an ‘unhappy geezer’ and said he was picking targets as he was a virgin.
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.’
Three women, aged 20, 45 and 67, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries in the separate attacks.
Moynihan, who was 17 at the time of the stabbings, admits wounding the women but denies three counts of attempted murder and also denies alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Ms Maylin said his second letter – put on a police vehicle with a picture of himself – said: ‘I was the one who stabbed all three women.
‘Now you arrest someone who is 30, I’m only 17 years old for crying out loud.
‘All women need to die.
‘Every time I stab someone I like to go home, I like to smell the flesh. I’m going to show you a picture of myself and see how good you guys can be.’
Moynihan, of The Ridings, Hilsea, was arrested the next day at Portsbridge Roundabout after being spotted by a police constable. Jurors heard he was aiming for the women’s hearts.
Ms Maylin also read out the first letter, which was first written months before the stabbings but was left at the scene of the third attack.
It said: ‘I guess you must be after me now police. My name shall still be unknown. I’m not a psychopath, I’m the unhappy geezer.
‘When women won’t talk to you it’s heart-breaking. Why are they fussy with men nowadays?’
Ms Maylin said it finished by saying: ‘As I roam these streets hungry for blood and pain. I be greeted, attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. Dead. Jolly good.’
The letter also included a symbol from the Tomb Raider video game.
When Moynihan was arrested, he is alleged to have told officers: ‘You was lucky, I was looking for my fourth victim because I heard you arrested a 30-year-old from Waterlooville.’
The court heard he said to a police officer that it was not GBH and he was trying to kill. Officers who saw his computer user profile at South Downs College found he had researched serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer, Ian Brady and Dennis Nilsen.
The court heard police who searched his home also found video footage Moynihan had recorded of himself showing him talking about killing women.
Ms Maylin told the court that in the video Moynihan said: ‘I am still a virgin, everyone is losing it before me, that’s why you are my chosen target.’
It added: ‘I love my family, every single member. It’s just that I can’t live in this flat. I’ve got no future here.’
The court was told officers also found a document called a ‘diary of evil’.
Ms Maylin read the first paragraph, which said: ‘I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me.’
It added: ‘I attack women because I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed.’
The court heard Moynihan went out around 10 times with a knife. He was assessed by mental health workers who found he had no psychosis or depression.
Ms Maylin added: ‘He wanted to be caught, at the same time he wanted to continue the attacks. He liked the public attention.
‘He found it exciting. He kept his diary of evil.’
Jurors told how three women were attacked
THE details of how each victim was attacked were described in court.
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin told Winchester Crown Court how each lone women was stabbed in the breast area.
The first victim was walking on June 20 last year when she noticed a man near her on Southampton Road, the court heard.
The 20-year-old was part-way through sending a message on social media when she heard footsteps.
Ms Maylin said a man matched her pace, walked up to her, turned his body and stabbed her in the breast.
‘She thought she had been punched. She was shocked,’ said Ms Maylin.
‘He ran toward the alley. He stopped, he looked at her and then disappeared into the alleyway. She said he was waving a knife, she looked down at her chest and saw that she was bleeding.’
The court was told the blade was a normal kitchen knife, about four and a half inches long.
The second attack happened when a 45-year-old woman had gone to walk her dog in Foxes Forest on June 29.
Ms Maylin said: ‘She described seeing a young man walking toward her.
‘She wasn’t overly concerned. She noticed that his hands were behind his back.
‘She thought perhaps they were a dog walker holding the lead behind.
‘As she passed him she said good morning. ‘He responded to her, “good morning”, nothing unusual.
‘She thought the man was going to hug her, his left arm went round her.
‘He hit her in the right upper chest, he went past her and then began to run.
‘She looked down and saw blood coming from her right breast through her clothes.
‘She then called 999 and the dog walker she saw earlier came to her aid, as did others in the area.’
A 67-year-old woman was attacked on July 11 in an alleyway between Colwell Road, Wymering, and Northern Road.
‘She knew she had been stabbed but walked home after the attack, only then later going to hospital,’ added Ms Maylin.