Knifeman ‘rows with dad for blocking train aisle before stabbing him 18 times’

THIS is the moment an alleged knifeman rowed with a dad for blocking a train aisle, before he is accused of stabbing him 18 times in a “frenzied attack”.

A jury was shown footage of an argument before Lee Pomeroy was allegedly killed by Darren Pencille just five minutes into a train journey to London.

The 51-year-old’s family left the public gallery as the jury watched a clip of the horrifying attack on January 4 earlier today.

They were visibly emotional as footage of the dad being stabbed multiple times was shown, in what DC Marc Farmer described as a “frenzied attack”.

In the chilling video, other passengers flee the carriage as blood pools around the door area where the two men are grappling.

The jury watched as Mr Pomeroy staggers away from Pencille and collapses into a seat panting heavily.

Previously the court heard the alleged murder may have stemmed from an argument between the pair.

CCTV moments before the attack shows them in an intense discussion after getting on the train, before Pencille walks to another carriage and Mr Pomeroy follows.

They can be seen with Mr Pomeroy seen clinging onto the metal poles to keep his balance, pointing back over his shoulder and holding his palm up towards Pencille.

Other passengers said he wanted an apology, telling Pencille “you shouldn’t have humiliated me in front of my kid”.

Pencille can then be seen pulling his phone out and holding it up to his ear, a call jurors were told he made to his girlfriend warning: “I’m going to kill this man. He’ll be dead.”

Within 10 seconds of putting the phone away, Pencille had pulled out a knife and half an hour later Mr Pomeroy was dead, the jury was told.

The Old Bailey heard Pencille, 35, may have made comments to Mr Pomeroy and his son because they were in his way as he moved down the carriage.

Passengers reported hearing Pencille call Mr Pomeroy a “c” and “py”, with the dad saying “you shouldn’t have have humiliated me in front of my kid”, the court was told.

The court heard Pencille called him racist, before Mr Pomeroy taunted him back, saying: “I’ve never dealt with someone with special needs before.”

Pencille is alleged to have said “you touch me, you touch me and see what happens at the next stop”, adding “I dare you, I dare you. Put your hand on me, because it won’t end nicely”.

As the train pulled into Clandon train station, Pencille allegedly stabbed Mr Pomeroy in the neck, before knifing him 17 more times and fleeing.

The court heard yesterday he spent the day on the south coast with his girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, before changing his appearance.

Passengers didn’t realise they were witnessing a man being stabbed, prosecutors told the court.

Jacob Hallam QC said: “The people in the carriage saw what they thought was the two men exchanging punches.

“They didn’t see the knife in Mr Pencille’s hand. So they were half right, what they saw was Lee Pomeroy punching the first defendant trying to defend himself after he had been stabbed in the neck.

“Mr Pencille was not punching back, he was stabbing and he was stabbing Lee Pomeroy again, again and again and again.”

In the CCTV Pencille, still holding the knife, appears to fold it so only the blade is showing and picks up his possessions including a pair of sunglasses and a hat which had fallen off during the fight.

Jurors were told Pencille called his mum and told her “something’s happened, I’ve done something wrong” before in a later call she recalled him sounding like he had been crying before saying “I love you mum”.

Mr Hallam told they jury: “Mr Pencille’s case is that he caused the wounds to Lee Pomeroy, those 18 injuries that I have told you about, because he was acting in lawful self-defence.

His blood covered his clothing, it covered the area of the train where the assault took place and the clothing of the first defendant.

“Sixteen seconds after the first blow you can see graphically the amount of blood that had come from Lee Pomeroy’s body from this stage.”

The court heard Mr Pomeroy and his son were dropped off at London Road station at 12.46pm by Mr Pomeroy’s wife and Pencille was dropped off by Mitchell at 12.47pm.

The three all boarded the same carriage of the London-bound train via different doors. Pencille then made his way down the carriage close to where the Pomeroys were.

Mr Hallam said: “It may be that they were blocking his way because he chose to say something to them, and the something that he said was perhaps rather snide at best. Because he said to them: ‘Ignorance is bliss’.

It appears he said it twice. That prompted Lee Pomeroy to respond and to ask what it was that he meant by those words.

“An argument began between the two men, which quickly became heated.

Pencille, of Farnham, Surrey, denies one count of murder.

Mitchell, also of Farnham, denies one count of assisting an offender.