A train passenger accused of murdering an IT consultant was previously convicted of knifing a man in the neck in a row about cigarette papers, a court
A train passenger accused of murdering an IT consultant was previously convicted of knifing a man in the neck in a row about cigarette papers, a court heard.
Darren Pencille, 36, stabbed 51-year-old Lee Pomeroy 18 times in less than 30 seconds on board the Guildford to London Waterloo train on January 4.
The Old Bailey has heard how an argument broke out after Pencille allegedly made a ‘snide’ remark as he jostled past the Mr Pomeroy and his 14-year-old son heading along the gangway.
Following the stabbing Pencille hopped off the train when it pulled up at Clandon Station where he was collected by girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 28.
Lee Pomeroy (left) was stabbed following a row on a train. Darren Pencille (right) is now on trial for murder
She is accused of ferrying him away from the scene, helping him change his appearance and carrying out internet searches into the killing.
Pencille denies murder while Mitchell denies assisting an offender.
Today, Pencille’s barrister Justin Rouse QC told the court: ‘We do not propose to call any evidence.’
The judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, asked: ‘Have you advised Mr Pencille that the time has now come when the defence can call evidence, have you advised him that if he wishes to, he can give evidence in court, and have you advised him that if he chooses not to give evidence it would be permissible for the jury to draw such inferences as may be proper?’
The murder trial jury was previously shown footage of the pair arguing on the train
Mr Rouse confirmed he had.
Earlier, prosecutor Jacob Hallam QC detailed Pencille’s two previous convictions to jurors.
In February 2010 he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent after stabbing a man at an address he was living at in West Norwood, southeast London, the previous July.
‘He became involved in an argument with the victim, a 24-year-old male who also lived there,’ Mr Hallam explained.
The court heard Pencille, who wanted to borrow some cigarette papers, ‘was very loud and aggressive’ and was told to ‘calm down’ by another resident.
Within seconds the man was ‘bleeding heavily’ from the side of his neck.
‘It transpired he’d been stabbed twice to the left side of his neck and once to the shoulder,’ Mr Hallam said.
Pencille, of no fixed address, denies murder while Chelsea Mitchell, from Farnham in Surrey, arriving at court today, denies assisting an offender
Pencille admitted another offence of common assault last June over an argument with a member of staff at another address he was living at, this time in Brixton, southwest London, two months earlier in April 2018.
As the worker was making his way back to the staff room, jurors heard Pencille shouted down from a landing: ‘You f**king c**t. What do you want?
‘Who the f**k are you talking to? Don’t talk to me like that again.’
The prosecutor added: ‘Mr Pencille followed the victim and began to bang on the door of the staff office shouting ‘I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you’.’
He said Pencille was later spotted wielding ‘a long metallic object’.
Jurors heard that when he was arrested over the fatal knife attack in January police seized and analysed his iPhone.
The device, bought for him by his ex-partner the previous September, was found to contain a number of images of knives.
Jurors were handed a 17-page bundle containing the pictures, which included lock-knives, sheathed blades and another depicting a gloved hand holding a knife.
Mr Hallam told the jury that officers in the investigating team were alerted by prison staff at Belmarsh where Pencille is on remand that they had intercepted a letter addressed to him in June containing a phone number ‘registered to Chelsea Mitchell’ along with ‘personal details’ matching those ‘that were occurring in Ms Mitchell’s life’.
In it, jurors heard she told Pencille that she missed him ‘so much’, adding: ‘Everything is falling apart.’
‘All I want is you by my side,’ she wrote.
‘Anyway, you keep fighting through because I’ll be by your side.’
Mitchell told Pencille she would speak to him soon and that she loves him ‘always and forever’ before signing off as ‘Marie’.
Mr Pomeroy, who died on the eve of his 52nd birthday, was on his way to the capital for a day out with his 14-year-old son.
He died on the platform at the next station a little over an hour later after suffering a fatal neck wound along with another eight to his torso as well as cuts to his arm, hands and thigh.
According to other passengers Pencille was the aggressor, calling Mr Pomeroy a ‘pu**y’ and a ‘c**t’ and accusing him of following him through the carriages.
He was allegedly heard threatening ‘I’m going to kill this man’ as he spoke into his phone moments before the fatal stabbing.
Pencille, of no fixed address, denies murder while Mitchell, from Farnham in Surrey, denies assisting an offender.
The trial continues.