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Horsley train stabbing: man charged with murder

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Horsley train stabbing: man charged with murder

Published at 9:13pm 6th January 2019. (Updated at 9:20am 7th January 2019)

Two people have been charged after a Guildford father was stabbed to death in front of his son on a crowded train.

  • Darren Pencille, 35, is charged with murder
  • Chelsea Mitchell, 27, is charged with assisting an offender 
  • They lived at an address on Willbury Road in Farnham
  • Lee Pomeroy suffered "multiple stab wounds"
  • Police don't believe attack was random

Darren Pencille, 35, from Farnham, has been charged with the murder of Lee Pomeroy following the stabbing on Friday, British Transport Police said.

Chelsea Mitchell, 27, of Willbury Road, Farnham, has been charged with assisting an offender.

The pair have  been remanded in custody and will appear at Staines Magistrates' Court tomorrow (January 7). 

Mr Pomeroy was pronounced dead in the carriage at Horsley station after suffering multiple stab wounds in a "violent killing" on a train travelling between Guildford and London Waterloo.

Lee Pomeroy
Lee Pomeroy was stabbed to death on board a train on Friday, in front of his teenage son.

A manhunt followed and arrests were made at a nearby address on Saturday morning.

Police say they do not believe the attack was random. 

Mr Pomeroy, 51, lived in Guildford and owned an IT firm, was travelling to London with his 14-year-old son when the incident happened.

His family described him as "an honourable man who would always help somebody who was in trouble".

Saying he had died the day before his 52nd birthday, they described him as a "devoted family man" who "did everything for his family."

Willbury Road, Farnham
The pair charged were arrested at a property on in Farnham on Saturday morning.

British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Sean O'Callaghan told Sky News the men joined the train together at Guildford and a discussion occurred between them on the train.

"That continued for between three and four minutes," he said. "During the course of that discussion, both men moved to a second carriage, and that is where the violence ensued to the ferocity that we are now aware of and tragically that is where the man lost his life."

DCI Sam Blackburn, also from British Transport Police, said: 

"In the moments leading to the violent killing, both men appeared to be involved in an altercation lasting three minutes.

"Nothing justified the extraordinary violence that followed, and we are concentrating our efforts on the ongoing investigation."

The attack happened on the 12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo.

Horsley station murder
Officers were called to Horsley station at 1.15pm on Friday.

The victim's family, including his teenage son who was nearby at the time of the attack, are being supported by police officers, and a post-mortem is scheduled for early next week.

The family are appealing for privacy at this difficult time as they come to terms with their loss.

 

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