Portsmouth stabbings trial: Defendant tells court he lied to police

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A TEENAGER accused of attempted murder over three stabbings said he exaggerated and lied to police.

Ben Moynihan, 18, gave evidence at Winchester Crown Court where he is on trial charged with three counts of attempted murder.

When asked by defence counsel Alastair Malcolm QC if he intended to kill the three women stabbed last summer, Moynihan said: ‘No.’

He also said no when asked by Mr Macolm if he intended to do them serious bodily harm.

When asked what he intended to do to the fist victim, the teenager, of The Ridings, Hilsea, said: ‘Stab her in the breast area.’

Under cross-examination by prosecutor Kerry Maylin about his police interview where he said he was aiming for the women’s hearts, Moynihan said: ‘The intention was exaggerated.

‘I confessed to my involvement.’

The court had earlier heard Moynihan told police officers at interview he was disappointed when he read in The News the first victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Asked about this by Ms Maylin, Moynihan said: ‘I lied about that.’

Moynihan is accused of three counts of attempted murder over three separate stabbings of women aged 20, 45 and 67 last summer in Cosham and Wymering.

The stabbings happened on June 20, June 27 and July 11 last year.

He denies attempted murder. He also denies alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but admits the wounding.

Earlier in the case jurors heard Moynihan kept a ‘diary of evil’ and had recorded a video waving a knife and cigarette lighter and talking about killing women.

The court also heard he said he had several near-misses having taken a knife out of his clothing three times.

Moynihan also told police he went out with a knife in his clothing 10 times.

The teenager also left a letter with a symbol from the video game Tomb Raider near the third woman who was stabbed and left another letter on a police car with a photograph of himself.