Tomb Raider fan ‘in murder bid’

A 17-year-old fan of the Tomb Raider video “attempted to murder” three women in random stabbing attacks because he could not lose his virginity, a court has heard.

Ben Moynihan, who is now 18, from Portsmouth, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court charged with the attempted murder of the three women, aged 20, 45 and 67, which he denies.

The teenager also faces alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily which he also denies, but he admits wounding the three women in the three incidents which happened in the north area of Portsmouth in June and July last year.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said Moynihan, who called himself the “unhappy geezer”, left two letters for the police confessing to his crimes in which he stated that “all women need to die” and that he liked to smell the “flesh he had ripped out”.

The letter, left on a police van, stated: “All women need to die and hopefully next time I can gouge their eyes out.

“Every time I stab someone I like to go home and smell the flesh I have ripped out. Come and arrest me for God’s sake before I hunt for my fourth victim.”

At the bottom of the letter, Moynihan had included a photograph of himself.

He was later arrested when police officers recognised him in the street from the picture and detained him. Another letter was found by a couple in which Moynihan described himself as “the unhappy geezer”.

It said: “When women won’t talk to you it’s heartbreaking, why are they fussy with men nowadays.”

It continued: “As I roam these streets, hungry for blood and pain, I am greeted with attack, attack, attack, attack. Dead. Jolly Good.”

At the bottom of the letter was a symbol from the video game Tomb Raider, Ms Maylin said.

Describing the attacks, Ms Maylin said: “Over three days in the summer of 2014, three women were randomly attacked by a stranger. They did not know each other and there is nothing to connect or link them to each other, they are all of different backgrounds, different social circles and significantly of different ages.”

The trial continues today.


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