THIS is a knife used by a teenager who tried to murder lone women in three stabbing attacks in Portsmouth last summer.
Ben Moynihan was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder following a six-day trial.
Winchester Crown Court heard the women, aged 20, 45 and 67, each suffered a single wound to their breast area in the attacks.
A different but identical steak knife with a 4.5in blade was used in the first attack.
The first victim suffered a 2cm wound and the second woman also had a 2cm wound. The third woman received a 1.5cm wound.
DNA from the second and third victim was found on the knife, which he had taken from a kitchen drawer at his home.
In the witness box Moynihan acted out how he stabbed each of the women, using his right arm to swing the knife.
He told police he struck when they were in his ‘sweet spot.’
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin said: ‘He knew all he needed was a knife. He didn’t stab them in exactly the same way. He chose women of differing ages, different clothes and a different motion to stab them.’
Stabber left letters mocking the police
TWO letters were left for police after the teenager struck.
Moynihan left the first, with a symbol from the game Tomb Radier, in an alleyway where the third victim was stabbed.
It was found by a couple who handed it in to police.
It said: ‘I am not a psychopath; I am “the unhappy geezer”. When women won’t talk to you, it’s heart breaking. Why are they fussy with men now days? When jobs turn you down, it’s emotional to think how fussy they are.
‘Even part time hours.
‘In fact, this unhappy geezer has a hard time making friends and is often lonely.
‘I tried to be good but I am always bullied for being unintelligent. The Unhappy Geezer needs dignity; maybe it is best if I rot in Broadmoor, Ramptom [sic], or Ashworth. But when that happens can I request to bring my laptop with me, not for internet, just something to do.
‘Until then I bid you a good day with the happy lives you have, cause I roam these streets hungry for blood and pain. I be greeted as attack, attack, attack, attack, attack, dead, jolly good! Yours faithfully Unhappy Geezer.’
The first letter was written in April at South Downs College, where Moynihan was studying catering. The second letter was put on a police van on July 12. A section of it said: ‘All women needs to die.
‘I’m now going to show you a picture of myself and see how good you guys and be, come and arrest me for god sake before I hunt for my 4th victim. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!’
‘Diary of evil’ kept on laptop listed attacks
FORENSIC officers found Ben Moynihan’s ‘diary of evil’ he kept on his laptop.
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin said Moynihan kept his diary separate from a file called ‘my crazy dreams’.
Rachel Fraser, from Hampshire police, read the opening paragraph and said: ‘I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me.
‘I’m still a virgin at 17 and why do women have to be fussy when choosing a boyfriend.
‘I attack women because women I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed.
‘I also done it to get out this horrible life.
‘I’m not a bad child and didn’t want to do this but had no choice.’
Another entry on June 15 said he witnessed two men burgle his family garage.
It said: ‘That traumatised me. I’m angry at all society from now on.’
Another entry written under June 20, the day of the first stabbing, said: ‘I done the baddest thing I ever done. I saw a girl around my age walking in front of me.
‘I stabbed her in the left breast. She made a little grunt. I went “ha ha” and ran away. That night I did carry a bit of guilt on me.
‘By now I’ve lost my guilt and regained my anger.’
A later entry added: ‘My actions are now on the front page. I love all the attention.’
The file was created on June 16 last year and most recently altered on July 12.
Troubled teenager recorded chilling video
WAVING a knife at a digital camera and talking about killing women, Ben Moynihan recorded a chilling message found by police.
He said: ‘Ben Moynihan here, also known as the unhappy geezer.
‘It’s your fault. All you people make me sick, do you know why? Because I’ve done nothing wrong. I’m only a bit slower and stupid than anyone else.
‘That gives you no right to bully me whatsoever. Five years I’ve been bullied at my secondary school.
‘I’ve only had two friends out the whole lot of you and I lost them.
‘I thought I was more mature than you all put together.’
He added: ‘There’s no work any more. And Portsmouth, for two years I’ve been trying to get out of Portsmouth.’
He then added: ‘I’m to be cremated and scattered around the IBM building in North Harbour around the fields.
‘That’s my request because it’s my favourite place in the whole world.’
On women Moynihan said: ‘I think every girl is a total slut.
‘I’m still a virgin, everyone is losing it before me, which is why you’re my chosen target. I love my family, every single member. It’s just I can’t live in this flat. I’ve got no future here.’
Waving a knife at the camera and then holding a lit cigarette lighter, he adds: ‘Shall I stab you in the neck or in the heart, shall I slash your throat or should I just cigarette lighter you or just fire you.’
‘I don’t know where I could get petrol from but how hard can it be to come by?
‘So I hope you learn a lesson not to blame guys like this who deserve dignity. Remember that for your own generations. Remember that.’
The teenager recorded the message on June 13 before transferring it to his laptop on June 15.
Police satisfied with verdict
Acting Detective Sergeant Katie Barry said police linked Moynihan’s attacks after the second stabbing.
Det Sgt Barry, pictured, said police were very satisfied with the verdict.
She said: ‘Over that particular weekend, that’s when a lot of resources from Hampshire, from community safety as well, went into catching the person responsible.
‘We didn’t know the state of mind of that person.’
Simon Casey, the detective sergeant running the investigation before he retired, praised the officers who spotted Moynihan and arrested him.
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