Darren Pencille has been discovered responsible of murdering Lee Pomeroy
Darren Pencille, 36, launched an “unrelenting” and “savage” assault on 51-year-old Lee Pomeroy following a heated argument in entrance of the sufferer’s 14-year-old son. Different travellers on the Guildford to London service in January had been horrified when Pencille produced a knife and repeatedly stabbed the unarmed man. Pencille, who declined to present proof at his Previous Bailey trial, had admitted having a knife however denied homicide, claiming he had acted in self defence towards the 6ft 3in tall sufferer.
However jurors heard how 5ft 10in tall Pencille had a historical past of violence, having beforehand stabbed a flatmate within the neck over a minor disagreement in 2010 and had threatened to kill a workers member at a psychological well being hostel in June final yr.
A jury deliberated for 19 and a half hours to seek out Pencille, of no fastened abode, responsible of homicide.
His girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, 28, of Farnham, Surrey, was discovered responsible by a majority of 11-1 of serving to him evade police after the assault.
Following his conviction, British Transport Police Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn described Pencille as “devious and harmful”.
He stated: “He is a harmful man. Fairly clearly together with his earlier convictions, the place he additionally stabbed one other man within the neck, and his propensity for carrying knives, he confirmed his harmful, aggressive nature and that he wasn’t afraid to make use of that knife on that practice on January four.”
Mr Pomeroy had boarded the practice at London Street, Guildford, on Friday January four for a day trip in London together with his teenage son, forward of his 52nd birthday.
Father and son had bought into the identical carriage as Pencille and made their means down the aisle, the courtroom heard.
Jurors heard they could have been “blocking” Pencille’s means, prompting the snide response: “Ignorance is bliss.”
Darren Pencille stabbed Lee Pomeroy to dying after a row on a practice
A heated argument erupted, with Pencille swearing at Mr Pomeroy and calling him a “pussy”.
Pencille shouted: “You contact me, you contact me and also you see what occurs on the subsequent cease.”
Mr Pomeroy was stated to have demanded an apology, saying: “You shouldn’t have humiliated me in entrance of my child.”
At one level, Pencille was heard to say on his cell phone: “I will kill this man”, the courtroom heard.
The altercation between Lee Pomeroy and Darren Pencille was captured on CCTV
As Mr Pomeroy remonstrated, Pencille swung the knife and plunged it into his neck, chopping by means of the jugular vein.
Prosecutor Jake Hallam QC had informed jurors: “Eyewitnesses noticed what they thought was the 2 males buying and selling punches. They had been half proper.
“They noticed Lee Pomeroy punching the primary defendant, defending himself, having been stabbed within the neck by him.
“However the first defendant wasn’t punching again, he was stabbing. Once more, and once more, and once more.”
Pencille bought off on the subsequent station, leaving Mr Pomeroy mortally injured with 18 knife wounds to his neck, torso, thigh and arm.
Mitchell picked up the defendant and acquired hair clippers and razors for him to alter his look, jurors heard.
Jurors had been informed paranoid schizophrenic Pencille had been seen by psychiatrists since 2004 however had not taken any anti-psychotic treatment on the time of the assault.
His mom Ingrid Robertson informed jurors: “He at all times thought folks had been him or needed to do one thing to him.”
Following the sooner incidents of violence, the defendant had pleaded responsible in February 2010 to inflicting grievous bodily hurt and customary assault in June 2018.
Final month, whereas Pencille was in jail awaiting his trial, Mitchell despatched him a Father’s Day card within the identify of their stillborn son, in breach of her bail circumstances.
Within the observe, she informed him: “I miss you a lot, every part is falling aside. Shedding everybody I really like and all I would like is my household again.”