Portsmouth stab victims tell court of attacks in attempted murder trial

Forensic officers at the scene of one of the attacks last year. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0459)
Forensic officers at the scene of one of the attacks last year. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142041-0459)
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JURORS in the case of a teenager accused of attempting to murder three women have heard accounts from the victims who were stabbed.

Two other women described the horrifying moments they were attacked while out walking last summer around Cosham and in Wymering in Portsmouth.

Ben Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Hilsea, is charged with three counts of attempted murder over stabbings in June and July last year.

Moynihan, who was 17 at the time of the attacks, 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.

In a police video interview played in court, the first victim said: ‘I heard footsteps behind me. I was on my phone. I looked up. He was really close to me.

‘He was walking at the same pace, not very fast, not very slowly.’

She said she glanced at him as he drew close on Southampton Road near a bus stop, and then looked down at her phone, before the attacker turned to her and flung his arm at her.

‘I thought he had punched me at first,’ she said. ‘My whole body started shaking, I felt really faint.

‘I ran and rang the ambulance as I was running. I kept looking behind me just in case he was coming back.

‘I was more worried about the stab because I was bleeding.’

As reported at the start of the trial, prosecutor Kerry Maylin told jurors Moynihan left a letter calling himself an ‘unhappy geezer’ after the second attack on another victim and said he was picking targets as he was a virgin.

In total, three women, aged 20, 45 and 67, a single stab wound in the separate attacks.

Moynihan was arrested at the Portsbridge roundabout following the attacks on June 20, June 29 and July 11.

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 second victim, 45, told how she said ‘good morning’ to her attacker when out walking her dog in a dark and secluded part of Foxes Forest, Hilsea, on June 29.

In a police interview played to the court, she said: ‘As he came shoulder to shoulder with me, his left arm went round as if he was going to hug me.

‘He carried on past me, I turned around and as he ran away from me he had a knife in his hand.

‘He was running toward my dog. I thought “oh my god he’s going to stab my dog”.

The victim said at first she thought she was about to be groped.

She added: ‘I thought “oh my god he’s going to grope me, it’s going to be a sexual attack”.

‘His left arm went behind me. I didn’t see the knife until he went past me.

‘I turned round and he was running after my dog and saw the knife in his hand.’

She also described how the knife went through three layers of clothing, including her bra, leaving her needing two stitches.

She then called 999 and an ambulance crew and police arrived.

The final victim described in her police interview she thought she had just been touched before looking down and seeing blood.

She was attacked in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road on July 11 while returning home from shopping.

The 67-year-old said: ‘I heard somebody running. He touched me on the shoulder. Then I looked down. That’s blood, he stabbed me.

‘It was over in a minute.’