A SOLIDARITY walk in a wooded area where a woman was stabbed inspired a teenager accused of the attack, a court heard.
Ben Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Hilsea, told officers he downloaded a photograph of the walk from The News’ website.
Moynihan is accused of attempting to murder three woman in Portsmouth last year by stabbing them.
Reading his interview, prosecutor Kerry Maylin said: ‘After the two stabbings someone organised a walk in Foxes Forest.
‘I downloaded it and put it on my memory stick.
‘It inspired me, that was caused because of me.’
In a further answer to detectives, he said he had originally planned to carry out his attacks in Brighton and wanted to call himself the Sussex slayer.
He added: ‘Originally I wasn’t going to do my crimes in Portsmouth, I was going to do them in East Sussex.
‘I originally called myself the Sussex slayer.’
Moynihan also told detectives he had 17 girlfriends in the past five years.
The transcript read in court by Ms Maylin said: ‘I’ve had about 17 girlfriends in the past five years.
‘I started getting a bit bored, I was a bit fussy, I couldn’t find the right woman.’
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.
The court also heard he said he had several near-misses having taken a knife out of his clothing three times.
Moynihan also said he went out with a knife in his clothing 10 times.