Teenager charged with attempted murder named

Police investigate the scene of one of the attacks in Cosham
Police investigate the scene of one of the attacks in Cosham
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A TEENAGER charged with three counts of attempted murder following three attacks on women in Portsmouth can today be named for the first time.

Ben Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Portsmouth, also faces one count of possessing a bladed article in relation to the assaults.

A reporting restriction was put in place banning the media from reporting and information that could lead to Moynihan’s identity when he first appeared in court in July, as he was aged 17 at the time.

However the teenager turned 18 last month and as a result Judge Keith Cutler CBE has now ordered that the order, imposed under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, be lifted.

Moynihan sat silently in the glass-panelled dock, flanked by two custody officers during his short appearance at Winchester Crown Court.

He had been due to enter a plea to the four charges, however the court heard that a report in relation to the case is still outstanding.

Judge Cutler CBE adjourned the hearing until November 21 when Moynihan is due to reappear at the same court.

Addressing Moynihan, he said: ‘I adjourn your case and you and I will meet again Friday week, and they we will find out more about where your case is going.’

Mornihan is charged in relation to attacks on women in the north of Portsmouth on June 20, June 29 and July 11.

As reported, the attack on June 20 happened in Southampton Road, Wymering, near a bus stop and opposite a block of flats in Ashurst Road. A woman was left with a stab wound to her chest.

The second attack on June 29 saw a dog walker attacked in Hilsea.

It happened on a wooded footpath along the shoreline of Ports Creek, to the east of the footbridge which crosses from Peronne Road to the Highbury estate.

The third attack on Friday happened in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Wymering.