The suspect accused of murdering an IT consultant on a train in front of his 14-year-old son refused to stand in the dock today and sat on the floor instead.
Darren Pencille, 35, from Farnham, Surrey, who is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon, refused to face a magistrate in Staines and confirmed his name and date of birth from a hidden position.
His alleged victim, Lee Pomeroy, 51, died of multiple stab wounds on the train from Guildford to Waterloo last Friday lunchtime as his teenage son watched in horror.
Pencille was remanded in custody and will appear again at Guildford Crown Court this afternoon.
The suspect’s girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, 27, is also before magistrates accused of assisting an offender – but was not in the dock with him.
Darren Pencille, 35, and his girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 27, were swept into Staines Magistrates’ Court today where they appeared in connection with the murder of Lee Pomeroy, 51
Mr Pomeroy, 51, an IT consultant, died in front of his 14-year-old son after being stabbed on the South Western Rail service from Guildford to London Waterloo on Frday
Police suspect she helped Pencille escape the Home Counties village of Clandon after he fled from the train minutes after the attack.
Today it emerged that officers were called to Pencille’s home on Thursday – less than 24 hours before the appalling attack after neighbours complained about his antisocial behaviour and said he was banging on their doors aggressively.
Pencille and Mitchell were arrested during a dawn raid by armed officers at their housing association flat in Farnham, Surrey, on Saturday morning.
Neighbours said the couple were unemployed, often noisy and kept their curtains shut almost constantly. Pencille is believed to originally be from London.
Pencille, who was born in London, appears to have a 16-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Forensics officers were seen examining an ageing small blue car parked close to the flat which is believed to belong to Mitchell.
Investigators are believed to have traced Pencille using a combination of ticket information, mobile phone data and CCTV footage from Clandon station and its surroundings.
One neighbour claimed that the night before, the ‘scary-looking fellow’ Pencille had banged repeatedly on his front door.
The neighbour said: ‘I don’t know why… I had never spoken to him before. I have to admit it was intimidating.’
Lee Pomeroy, 51, an IT consultant, died in front of his 14-year-old son after being stabbed on the South Western Rail service from Guildford to London Waterloo.
Witnesses said he suffered multiple wounds after a frenzied attack following a three-minute argument.
His grieving family are struggling to come to terms with his death, which came just one day before his 52nd birthday.
Last night it emerged his Russian widow had told friends she moved to the UK because she admired how ‘civilised’ it was.
Former journalist Svetlana Pomeroy, 50, who is being supported by police family liaison officers, was too upset to speak yesterday.
But 12 years ago, she wrote online: ‘I love how people here wish to be hospitable, how they smile, how they take care of nature. People still tend to build families, plus there are laws to support women.’
The couple married in 2001 and Mrs Pomeroy moved to the UK from the remote Russian region of Chukotka. In her post, she described their son – then a toddler – as a ‘sweet boy’.
Victim’s Russian widow Svetlana told friends she came to Britain as she admired how ‘civilised’ it was
Police arrested the suspect at a housing association flat occupied by his girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell in Farnham on Saturday morning.
Mitchell, who is originally from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Officers suspect she picked him up and drove him the 15-mile journey home after he fled the commuter train service covered in blood shortly after 1pm on Friday.
Helicopter shots of scene at Horsley Station where man has been murdered in front of horrified passengers on boar
Mr Pomeroy was attacked minutes after both men boarded at London Road station in Guildford.
The suspect is said to have fled the carriage at Clandon, the next stop on the route. Police were alerted to the stabbing at Horsley, the following stop. Investigators do not know exactly what caused the row between the two men but believe it could be as petty as bumping into each other.
Villagers later said they saw a man wandering in fields while using his mobile phone. He had been described by police as bald, 5ft 9in and wearing a black tracksuit.
Bloody handprints were left on a wooden gate and a police sniffer dog was used to try to trace him after he abandoned his jacket nearby.
It is understood investigators used a combination of ticket details, mobile phone records and CCTV from the station and nearby streets to identify him.
Outside Mitchell’s home yesterday, neighbour Grant Christy described how police stormed inside at around 6am.He said the arrest followed an ugly confrontation on Thursday night in which the suspected killer had banged on his front door.
Mr Christy said: ‘I told police he had previously started banging on my door and then, at around 9.15pm on Thursday, he started doing it again.
‘My wife looked through the keyhole and it was him again. My next-door neighbours have been driven out by all the drama.
‘They only moved in in the summer and they have managed to upset everyone. There’s always a spat about her parking in other people’s spots.
‘But usually they’re just sat in with the curtains drawn.’
Other neighbours said the couple were often noisy and kept their curtains shut almost constantly.
Police officers remained at Hosley train station near Guildford, Surrey as they carried out investigations
In a statement released via police, Mr Pomeroy’s family said: ‘Lee took his son on a trip to London hoping to spend some quality time with him which was cut short by an horrific and pointless attack.
‘It has emerged that in the moments leading up to the violent killing, both men appeared to be involved in an altercation lasting three minutes.
‘Lee would have had his birthday today but did not get to see his presents. He was an honest, bright person, who loved music very much.
‘He was a devoted family man and did everything for his family. He was a loving husband and father. He will be deeply missed by all his family.’
Pencille will appear at Staines Magistrates’ Court today.
Police evidence markers are seen on a gate near West Clandon station in Surrey – where the suspect left the Waterloo bound train after a passenger was stabbed to death