Darren Pencille, 35, sketched in the dock today, where he sat on the floor and said he was 'hearing voices' as he appeared accused of murdering Lee Pomeroy in front of his son
The suspect accused of murdering an IT consultant on a London-bound train stabbed him nine times before he died in front of his 14-year-old son, a court heard today.
Darren Pencille, 35, from Farnham, Surrey, is accused of killing Lee Pomeroy, 51, on the South Western Railway service from Guildford to Waterloo last Friday lunchtime in an attack caught on CCTV.
Pencille's girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 27, allegedly drove him to safety as he fled Clandon Station and helped change his appearance as police hunted for him.
There was speculation at the weekend that a 'trivial' row broke out between Pencille and Mr Pomeroy after the pair accidentally bumped into each other as they boarded the train.
Today the murder suspect decided to sit on the floor of the glass dock at Staines Magistrates' Court, claiming he was 'hearing voices' and was 'too paranoid' to stand up.
Wearing a grey tracksuit and black, thick-rimmed glasses, Pencille was heard muttering 'get me out of here' to the two security guards flanking him.
As he was taken away he told chair of the bench Helen Mattey: 'I'm innocent until proven guilty'. Pencille, who is charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon, did not enter any pleas.
Chelsea Mitchell, 27, was also before magistrates accused of assisting an offender and they will appear again at Guildford Crown Court this afternoon.
Chelsea Mitchell, 27, (left) appeared in court (right in a sketch today) and is accused of helping Pencille get away from the scene in her car and helping change his appearance
Mr Pomeroy, who would have celebrated his 52nd birthday on Saturday, was with his son (pictured together) on a trip to London when he was knifed
Pencille decided to sit on the floor of the glass dock (pictured) at Staines Magistrates' Court, claiming he was 'hearing voices' and was 'too paranoid' to stand up when the judge told him to
Chelsea Mitchell ducks down in her prison van as she is swept from Staines Magistrates' Court today and taken to Guildford Crown Court for her hearing this afternoon
Darren Pencille, 35, and his girlfriend were swept into Staines Magistrates' Court today where they appeared in connection with the murder of Lee Pomeroy
Police suspect she helped Pencille escape the Home Counties village of Clandon after he fled from the train minutes after the attack.
The charge states the mother-of-one also helped to change his appearance on January 4 as police were hunting for him.
Friday January 4
12.58: South Western Trains service from Guildford to Waterloo departs
1.02pm: Lee Pomeroy, boards the service with his son at 1.02pm at London Road station, Guildford.
His killer gets on board at the same time and stabs him nine times
1.06pm: Suspect jumps off the train and flees at Clandon via fields and woodland
1.30pm: Train pulls into next stop, Horsley, where ambulance and police are waiting
Saturday January 5
6am: Police raid address n Farnham, Surrey, where Darren Pencille, 35, is detained on suspicion of murder and Chelsea Mitchell, 27, on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Sunday January 6
9pm: Couple are both charged by police
Monday January 7
10am: Suspects appear in court separately and are remanded in custody
She appeared before magistrates wearing a grey tracksuit, speaking only to confirm her name, date of birth, that she lives in Farnham.
Mitchell was remanded in custody to appear alongside Pencille at Guildford Crown Court on Monday afternoon.
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 anti-social 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, 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