THE teenager accused of attempting to murder three women by stabbing them nearly attacked three other females, it was revealed in court.
Ben Moynihan, 18, told detectives who interrogated him after he was arrested last summer that he went out on the streets near his home in the north of Portsmouth up to 10 times carrying a knife.
Winchester Crown Court heard transcripts read out by prosecutor Kerry Maylin and Detective Constable Claire Lyons of Hampshire police.
Ms Maylin, reading Moynihan’s answers to questions put to him by officers, said: ‘Those three times weren’t the only times I took the knife out. I just had no luck in finding victims.
‘I had a few close shaves but at the last moment something would prevent me.
‘In between the first and second stabbings I had two close shaves when I almost got them.’
In the interview Moynihan explains how he got a knife out when he saw a woman in Medina Road in Wymering.
‘I got my knife out ready,’ said Ms Maylin, reading from the interview.
‘But there was a parked car that separated us. She went into her home.’
Ms Maylin, again reading from the interview, told how he was in Cosham near a bus stop on another occasion.
‘I got my knife out,’ Moynihan told officers. ‘At that moment a car pulled up to the side.
‘I was literally by her side and I was literally going to swing. At that moment she would have been my second victim.’
Those incidents happened between the first stabbing on June 20 and the second on June 29, the court heard.
Moynihan said: ‘I remember there was a third brunette girl, possibly not quite 20. It’s where the old Wymering pub used to be.’
He said he had become frustrated by the time of the second stabbing.
Referring to a 45-year-old victim stabbed in Foxes Forest, he said: ‘She was alone and I knew no-one was behind her.
‘By then I’d been getting frustrated, I’d been there several times and couldn’t find any more victims. I passed a young mother with her kid, if she was alone I could have done it.’
He also said of one victim: ‘I was a little disappointed hearing the injuries were non-life-threatening. The more serious it was, to me the better I felt.’
Moynihan told police who arrested him on July 13 he was looking for another victim when they found him.
In the police interview he said he was planning to leave the knife behind so his fingerprints could be found.
Jurors heard Moynihan told detectives he was worried a worker at North End library could have seen the first letter he wrote to police – after he paid 10p for a member of staff to print it for him.
Reading from Moynihan’s statement, prosecutor Ms Maylin said: ‘I was becoming more careless, I had to ask the guy to print it out for me because it was on his computer. I had to pay 10p for it.’
And the court heard how Moynihan looked up coverage of the stabbings in The News at the library and online.
Rachel Fraser, a forensic computer expert, gave evidence about Moynihan’s ‘diary of evil’ found on his seized laptop.
In it she read an extract describing looking at The News website. It read: ‘Guess what was the most viewed piece?
‘They’ve a description of me. Now I’m a wanted man.’
Moynihan denies three charges of attempted murder over three stabbings on June 20, June 29 and July 11. He denies alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but admits wounding.
Three women, 20, 45 and 67, who are not connected were each stabbed in the chest.
Moynihan told police in his interview he had dreams about killing.
He said: ‘I had dreams about me killing girls or women. One time I had a dream I killed 13 boys and buried them in Port Solent.’
The court had previously heard Moynihan’s first letter for police called himself an ‘unhappy geezer’ and said he was picking targets as he was a virgin.
Jurors saw body-worn video of the moment the smiling teenager was searched by police on July 13. In the footage he said: ‘You was lucky, I was hunting my fourth victim.’
‘I was mocking police, they failed to find me’
DETECTIVES interviewing the teenager accused of trying to murder three women were told he mocked police as investigating officers could not locate him after three attacks.
Ben Moynihan, 18, of The Ridings, Hilsea, said in a police interview he left a letter on a marked Hampshire police vehicle as they arrested a 30-year-old
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin read out his responses from a transcript at Winchester Crown Court yesterday.
She said he told officers: ‘I put it under the windshield of the police cruiser.
‘That doesn’t tell my name but at that point I was like mocking the police because they failed to find me.’
In his typed letter he said: ‘You Police men are very pathetic. I was the one who stabbed all 3 women in the last few weeks. 20th June, 29th June and 11th July.
‘Now you arrest someone who is 30, I’m only 17 for crying out loud.
‘All women needs to die.
‘I’m not 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.’
Another letter, pictured left, and first written on a computer at South Downs College, featured a logo from the video game Tomb Raider.
Moynihan told police in his interview, a transcript of which was read out in court: ‘That video game is very significant to me.
‘That’s like a symbol for the enemy.
‘That’s going to be my symbol of choice.
‘I was still in two minds, that’s just in case I was going to leave college.’
The letter with the Tomb Raider image said ‘I’m the unhappy geezer’ and was first created without the logo in March on a college computer.