18-year-old found guilty of three attempted murders

20/01/2015

Ben Moynihan, 18, from Portsmouth was today found guilty of three counts of attempted murder on three women, which took place in the Portsmouth area last June and July.

Following the guilty verdicts, Kerry Maylin, Principal Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "It is very disturbing to think that a 17-year-old boy would write on a college computer how he would, 11 weeks later, carry out attacks on women as an act of revenge against them.

"He did not know the three women he attacked on 20th and 29th June and 11th July 2014.

"He told the police and the court that he would have carried on with attacks and on the day of his arrest was 'hunting for his fourth victim'.  He targeted women and chose to attack increasingly older women whom he thought would not survive his attacks.

"The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard that Ben Moynihan had an incomprehensible fascination for killing and heard how he would compare himself to serial killers.

"The court was shown a video that the defendant had recorded of himself, where he asked women whether he should kill them by slashing their throats or by stabbing them in their hearts.

"The most chilling document was his 'diary of evil', written during the period of the attacks, in which he declared: 'I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me, Im still a virgin at 17. And why do women have to be fussy when choosing a boyfriend, or cheating on them with others. I attack women because I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed. I also done it to get out of this horrible life with more stress and to save myself and my family, Im not a bad child and didnt want to do this but have no choice.'

"It was clear that the attacks were premeditated. Not far from the scene of one of the attacks, he left a letter addressed to the police. He also left a letter to the police on a police car after the third attack he said: 'All women need to die and hopefully next time I can gauge their eyeballs out.  Every time I stab someone, I run home to smell the flesh I ripped out.'

"After hearing the prosecution and the defence case, the jury at Winchester Crown Court found him guilty of these offences.

"We would like to thank the victims who had the courage to come forward and give statements to the police."