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Suspect in dad’s train murder claims he ‘hears voices’

In the duck: Darren Pencille crouches down in court PICTURES: PA/SWNS

A FATHER killed on a train was stabbed nine times, it emerged as his alleged murderer appeared in court and claimed to be hearing voices.

IT consultant Lee Pomeroy’s alleged attacker Darren Pencille crouched on the floor of the dock yesterday and said he had no address.

Gesturing to the public gallery, the 35-year-old said: ‘The people are making me paranoid — they look like they are filming, recording me for no reason. I’m paranoid. I’m hearing voices.’

He also told magistrates at the court, where filming or taking photos is banned by law: ‘Innocent until proven guilty.’

Mr Pomeroy was stabbed on Friday afternoon in Surrey.

‘Razor blades’: Chelsea Mitchell is charged with assisting an offender

The 51-year-old, who boarded the train to London Waterloo at Guildford station, became involved in an argument with his attacker and moved into another carriage with him as the row continued. The killer left the train at Clandon station before Mr Pomeroy’s body was found and the alarm was raised at Horsley.

Pencille was arrested at 6am on Saturday at a flat in Farnham, Surrey, with his partner Chelsea Mitchell, who also appeared in court yesterday, accused of assisting an offender.

She allegedly gave Pencille a lift as he escaped, helped him to discard his clothes and bought him razor blades so he could alter his appearance.

Pencille, wearing glasses and a grey jail tracksuit, made several outbursts during his morning appearance before Staines magistrates.

Custody: A prison van outside Staines magistrates’ court before Pencille’s appearance

He entered no pleas and was remanded in custody by chair of the bench Helen Mattey.

In the afternoon he appeared — this time without glasses — at Guildford crown court, where he stayed silent and nodded to confirm his identity.

He is charged with possession of an offensive weapon, as well as murder.

Mother-of-one Mitchell, 27, appeared separately before magistrates and later blew a kiss to onlookers in the public gallery at her crown court hearing.

The pair were remanded in custody by judge Robert Fraser to appear by video-link from prison at the crown court on February 7.

Mr Pomeroy was described by his family as a ‘loving husband and father’ in a statement that was released on Saturday, which would have been his 52nd birthday.

He and widow Svetlana, 50, both worked for IT consultancy company Datronix Systems, where he was a director and programmer.

His death comes after Mrs Pomeroy, who got married to him in 2001, wrote that Britain was more ‘civilised’ than her homeland Russia.

‘I love how people here wish to be hospitable,’ she told friends on social media back in 2006.

‘People still tend to build families, plus there are laws to support women.’