Surrey train stabbing: Murder accused appears in court

A man charged with the murder of a train passenger in front of the victim’s teenage son has appeared in court.

Darren Pencille, 35, of no fixed abode, appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court accused of stabbing Lee Pomeroy, 51, on a train near Guildford on Friday.

He is charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon.

Addressing the court, Mr Pencille said “innocent until proven guilty”, adding: “I’m paranoid. I’m hearing voices.”

Mr Pencille was remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court later on Monday.

Chelsea Mitchell, 27, from Willbury Road in Farnham, who is charged with assisting an offender, was due to appear before magistrates later.

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”.

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

Mr Pomeroy and his son boarded the 12:58 GMT train service between Guildford and London Waterloo at London Road station on Friday afternoon.

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