Teenager in court accused of trying to murder women

INVESTIGATION Police at the scene of one of the attacks in Cosham
INVESTIGATION Police at the scene of one of the attacks in Cosham
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A BOY charged with three counts of attempted murder has appeared in court.

The 17-year-old, from Hilsea, spoke only to confirm his name at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

Dressed in a grey T-shirt, light blue jeans and white trainers, he smiled at his family in the public gallery when he entered the dock.

He is charged with three counts of attempted murder in attacks on June 20, June 29 and July 11. He is also charged with the possession of a bladed article.

He cannot be named after a court order was made banning the publication of his identity.

An application by The News to lift this restriction was refused by the judge.

Judge Roger Hetherington remanded him into custody at the end of the brief hearing. There was no application for bail.

The teenager was defended by Robert Bryan.

The hearing comes after three women were stabbed in the north of the city over a period of three weeks.

The attacks sparked more police patrols in Cosham.

The attack on June 20 happened at 11pm in Southampton Road, Wymering, near a bus stop and opposite a block of flats in Ashurst Road.

The 20-year-old female victim suffered a stab wound to the chest.

A second attack on June 29 saw a 45-year-old female dog walker stabbed in Hilsea at around 11am.

It 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.

A third attack on a 67-year-old woman on July 11 happened in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Wymering at around 1pm.

The boy is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on September 26.