Teenager denies attempted murder following Portsmouth attacks

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 has denied attempting to murder three women in separate attacks within weeks of each other in Portsmouth.

Ben Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Portsmouth, stood in the glass panelled dock flanked by two custody officers as the charges against him were read out at Winchester Crown Court.

Wearing a cross around his neck, Moynihan spoke only to enter his not guilty plea to each of the three counts.

The teenager 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.

A dog walker was attacked in Hilsea in an assault on June 29.

The attack 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 July 11 happened in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Wymering.

A 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 ordered that the order, imposed under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, be lifted at a previous hearing.

Moynihan was remanded in custody.

He is due to stand trial at Winchester Crown Court in January.

The trial is expected to last five days.