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Suspect in violent train murder maintains 'innocence'

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Sejal Karia

A man accused of violently stabbing to death a father on a train hid from reporters as he appeared in court.

Darren Shane Pencille, 35, appeared at Staines Magistrates' Court and Guildford Crown Court on Monday, charged with the murder of Lee Pomeroy.

The courts heard Mr Pomeroy, 51, was stabbed nine times on a train between Guildford and London Waterloo after a brief row broke out on Friday afternoon.

A manhunt led detectives to a flat in Farnham on Saturday morning and they made two arrests.

The scene of the arrests in Farnham. Credit: Lizzie Roberts/PA

Pencille appeared in the dock at Staines Magistrates' Court wearing glasses and a prison-issue grey tracksuit.

He stood in the dock to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was British, telling magistrates he had no address during a hearing lasting just over two minutes.

Pencille then addressed magistrates from his seat, telling them: "Innocent until proven guilty."

He said: "I'm paranoid. I'm hearing voices."

Pencille did not enter pleas and chair of the bench Helen Mattey remanded him in custody.

Appearing later at Guildford Crown Court, Pencille and Chelsea Mitchell, from Willbury Road, in Farnham, who is charged with assisting an offender, were again remanded in custody.

Mitchell blew a kiss to people in the public gallery as she left the dock after a brief hearing.

Pencille, this time appearing without glasses, nodded to confirm his identity, then stood quietly as he was addressed by the judge.

Lee Pomeroy, who was stabbed to death on a Guildford to London Waterloo train. Credit: British Transport Police

Mr Pomeroy, who would have celebrated his 52nd birthday on Saturday, was described by his family as "an honourable man and would always help somebody who was in trouble".

In a statement, the family said he was a cultured man, who loved his 50-year-old wife Svetlana Pomeroy.

"He was a devoted family man and did everything for his family," they said.

Mr Pomeroy boarded the 12.58pm train service between Guildford and London Waterloo at London Road station on Friday afternoon.

Pencille and Mitchell will appear by prison video-link at Guildford Crown Court on February 7.