Teenager who stabbed Portsmouth women is jailed for 21 years

Ben Moynihan

Ben Moynihan

‘I just remember a white cloud and a huge, horrific noise’

  • Ben Moynihan imprisoned for series of attacks
  • Judge at Winchester Crown Court says defendant is extremely dangerous
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A TEENAGER who tried to murder three women as revenge for being a virgin has been jailed for 21 years.

Ben Moynihan did not speak in the dock as he was sentenced by a judge at Winchester Crown Court this morning.

One of the two letters left by Ben Moynihan for police confessing his crime

One of the two letters left by Ben Moynihan for police confessing his crime

Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Hilsea, was earlier found guilty by a jury of attempting to murder three women in Cosham and Wymering last year.

Today he was wearing a smart white shirt and looked nervous at times as he sat beside two security guards.

Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Hilsea, was earlier found guilty by a jury of attempting to murder three women in Cosham and Wymering last year.

The victims, aged 20, 45 and 67, each suffered a single wound from a steak knife to their breasts in the attacks last summer.

You went out armed with a knife and targeted vulnerable women who happened, from their perspective, to be in the wrong place at the wrong time

Mr Justice Jay

Moynihan, a catering student at South Downs College, had admitted wounding the women, but denied three counts of attempted murder.

The sentencing hearing was told that Moynihan has Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other mental health issues.

The judge, Mr Justice Jay, said these conditions were at the ‘heart of his offending’.

But he said Moynihan is ‘extremely dangerous’.

One of the two letters left by Ben Moynihan for police confessing his crimes

One of the two letters left by Ben Moynihan for police confessing his crimes

The sentence was 21 years of each count of attempted murder, to run concurrently.

Sentencing him the judge said: ‘The offences were planned and premeditated.

‘The contents of your computer which were evidence in the case were as chilling as they were disturbing.

‘You went out armed with a knife and targeted vulnerable women who happened, from their perspective, to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘It was frankly only good fortune that the women did not sustain serious if not fatal injuries.

‘You said you were aiming for your victims’ hearts.’

The first victim, attacked in Southampton Road suffered a 2cm wound, the second was attacked in Foxes Forest and suffered a similar wound on June 29. The last woman received a 1.5cm wound after she was attacked in an alleyway connecting Northern Road and Colwell Road on July 11.

When he was stopped by officers in a van who spotted him on July 13 at Portsbridge Roundabout two days after the third attack, he confessed.

Jurors saw body-worn video footage of the teenager saying: ‘Yeah, I confess to the stabbings. You was lucky, I was hunting for my fourth.’

Police removed a knife from his sleeve and arrested him.

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